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A meta-analysis of the efficacy of over-the-counter nicotine replacement
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    Re: Re: OTC NRT 93% Midyear Relapse Rate

    The authors concede that programs offering cessation education, skills development, counseling and/or group support "on average" produce quit rates more than double (15%) their meta-analysis OTC NRT finding of 7% at midyear. Although most of us are aware of at least one short term abrupt cessation program consistently achieving midyear rates in the 30 to 50% range, I thought that confronting the authors with midyear pla...

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    Re: OTC NRT 93% Midyear Relapse Rate

    Over-the-counter nicotine replacement: Rhetoric vs. Reality

    Mr. Polito has criticized our recent meta-analysis of over-the- counter (OTC) nicotine replacement (NRT) that appeared in Tobacco Control (Vol 12, p 21). Our brief response is below. Readers wishing to respond to us or obtain citations for our assertions can email john.hughes@uvm.edu or shiffman@pinneyassociates.com ).

    The major assumption of...

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    OTC NRT 93% Midyear Relapse Rate

    Dr. Hughes and Shiffman do their academic best to try and convince those making worldwide cessation policy decisions that, after 20 years of NRT research that consumed the lion's share of all cessation research dollars, a 93% midyear relapse rate demonstrates an "effective" means for smokers to quit. Rubbish! It's a sad day indeed when NRT researchers celebrate a 93% failure rate by declaring odds ratio victories over...

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