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Subsidised nicotine replacement therapy
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  1. M Grigg,
  2. H Glasgow
  1. The Quit Group, Wellington, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to:
 Ms Michele Grigg, The Quit Group, PO Box 12 605, Wellington, New Zealand; 
 michele.grigg{at}quit.org.nz

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Miller et al present results from a workplace based smoking cessation study where 39% of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) vouchers were redeemed for NRT patches for half the recommended retail price (RRP $US170, subsidised to US$85).1 However, the authors conclude that cost may not be a barrier to accessing NRT. The New Zealand experience shows that heavily subsidised NRT (92%) provided through an existing Quitline service considerably enhances access to NRT for smokers.

A nationwide programme to provide subsidised NRT was implemented from November 2000 through the New Zealand Quitline, a free telephone service for people wanting to quit smoking. Long term cessation rates have been found …

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