Jan 30, 2014 – Quitting Help

January 30, 2014

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ANCHOR LEAD: WHAT’S THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STOP SMOKING? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Combinations of therapies are likely to result in a successful effort to stop smoking, a number of studies published in the fifty year anniversary of the the first surgeon
general’s report of smoking in the Journal of the American Medical Association conclude. William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, describes the findings.

NELSON: Two major strategies, one is inhaled preparations one way or another and the others are the gum/patch kind of approach, so-called nicotine replacement therapy, and then two drugs, buproprion and another drug called varenocline, each of them are fairly effective, it does seem like, in a collection of large numbers of studies you can get on the order of 20-30% of people able to stop smoking for a prolonged period of time. :27

Nelson is in favor of a multipronged approach as well as reducing any barriers to assist people to stop smoking. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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