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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.

Addiction 2008;103:557-63

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