Early NRT boosts doubles chance of quitting
Starting nicotine replacement therapy before the target quit date doubles the rate of success at giving up smoking, US researchers say.
Their meta-analysis collated data on four studies of treatment in advance of the quit date, involving a total of 755 patients.
At six weeks, patients receiving NRT before their quit date were 91% more likely to give up smoking than those who started receiving NRT on the date itself. And the effect was maintained at a similar relative magnitude at six months.