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    Re: Reduction increases quitting
    • Kjell Bjartveit, Director emeritus
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      • Aage Tverdal, Kjell Bjartveit

    Reduction as a permanent solution may give people false expectations Thanks to Dr. John R Hughes for his interesting remarks of 20 January 2007 to our article (TC 15:472-480). We have the following comments: 1. Dr. Hughes states that our main finding (no health benefit from reducing cigarettes) has not been found in the few prior prospective studies of this topic. This is not correct. Based on a large study population in C...

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    Reduction increases quitting

    The recent study by Tverdal and Bjartveit (TC 15:472-480, 2006) that found no health benefit from reducing cigarettes had several assets not found in the few prior prospective studies of this topic; e.g. the reducers had reduced by over 50% and several outcomes were measured.

    I would, however, like to make two comments. First, one asset of the study was the examination of "sustained reducers;" i.e., those who...

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