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BMJ. 2007 July 21; 335(7611): 112.
PMCID: PMC1925184
Managing Smoking Cessation

Article skips over weaknesses of nicotine replacement

Aveyard and West state that the Allen Carr Easyway method showed abstinence rates similar to those expected from behavioural support alone, quoting McRobbie et al instead of the two cohort studies mentioned.1 2 They omit two studies which found persistent abstinence in half of the cohort, in some of which nicotine replacement had failed.3 4 Even more serious is the omission of the risks of nicotine replacement to the fetus which were reviewed recently.5

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Competing interests: None declared.

References

1. Aveyard P, West R. Managing smoking cessation. BMJ 2007;335:37-41. (7 July.) [PMC free article] [PubMed]
2. McRobbie H, Hajek P, Bullen C, Feigin V. Rapid review of non-NHS treatments for smoking cessation. 2 Feb 2007. http://guidance.nice.org.uk/page%20aspx?o=404436
3. Hutter H, Moshammer H, Neuberger M. Smoking cessation at the workplace: one year success of short seminars. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2006;79:42-8. [PubMed]
4. Moshammer H, Neuberger M. Long term success of short smoking cessation seminars supported by occupational health care. Addict Behav 2007;32:1486-93. [PubMed]
5. Ginzel KH, Maritz GS, Marks DF, Neuberger M, Pauly JR, Polito JR, et al. Nicotine for the fetus, the infant and the adolescent? J Health Psychol 2007;12:215-24. [PubMed]

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