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Varenicline best therapy to stop smoking

By Nigel Praities

Varenicline was the most successful pharmacotherapy in helping people quit smoking last year, figures from the NHS Information Centre reveal.

Despite concerns over the rise of serious psychiatric side-effects with the drug, 63% of people who used varenicline in England successfully quit, compared with 53% who received bupropion and 49% of those who received NRT.

Some 55% of people who did not receive any type of pharmacotherapy successfully quit smoking.

The figures also reveal expenditure on NHS Stop Smoking Services was almost £61 million in 2007/08 nearly £10 million higher than in 2006/07 and almost £36 million more than expenditure in 2001/02.

Over half the 680,289 people who set a quit date through the NHS Stop Smoking Services in 2007/08 quit four weeks later, an increase of 10% since 2006/07.

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