10 Jan '12, 1am

Nicotine therapy like gums, patches and nasal sprays don't actually help people quit smoking, says study

Nicotine therapy like gums, patches and nasal sprays don't actually help people quit smoking, says study

Posed photo of a smoker. -- PHOTO: MALCOLM MCLEOD WASHINGTON (AFP) - Gums, patches and nasal sprays that supply smokers with nicotine do not help people quit cigarettes over the long term any better than going it alone, a US study said on Monday. The research by the Harvard University School of Public Health followed 787 adults in the state of Massachusetts who had recently quit smoking, and found that over time just as many relapsed after nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) as without - about a third. 'This study shows that using NRT is no more effective in helping people stop smoking cigarettes in the long term than trying to quit on one's own,' said lead author Hillel Alpert, a research scientist at Harvard. Study participants were surveyed over three time periods: 2001-2002, 2003-2004, and 2005-2006. Not only were relapse rates about the same among those who used NRT an...

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