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Editor,— Several scientists and clinicians have used a tobacco withdrawal scale either received from us or based on our published work. We would like to make some suggestions about use of our scale to minimise misinterpretation.
First, the name we prefer is the “Minnesota Nicotine Withdrawal Scale.” Second, total withdrawal scores are often reported; however, there is some variance in which symptoms are included and thus scores across studies are not comparable. Many researchers include drowsiness, fatigue, gastrointestinal complaints, headaches, and somatic complaints as scale items because we …