Misreporting of results: Correction of Alpert et al 2012

Dr Emma V Beard, Research Associate,
February 01, 2012

In their paper claiming to find that NRT is not effective long-term, Alpert et al [1] misrepresented findings from a paper for which I was primary author [2], citing it as evidence that other representative population studies have not found any beneficial effect of the use of NRT on annual smoking cessation rates. They state 'Beard et al found increased short-term abstinence only (sic) among persons who had reported using NRT six months earlier'. This is misleading given that we only looked at short -term cessation. The referencing is also erroneous, with our paper appearing as a sub-paper of Chapman and MacKenzie's [3], labelled 15a and 15 respectively. Our paper has no affiliation with these authors and we do not argue for the abandonment of clinical treatments for smokers.

1. Alpert, H. R., Connolly, G. N., & Biener, L. A. (2012). prospective study challenging the effectiveness of population-based medical intervention for smoking cessation. Tobacco Control, 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050129 Online 12 January 2012

2. Beard, E., McNeill, A., Aveyard, P., Fidler, J., & West, R. (in press). Association between use of nicotine replacement therapy for harm reduction and smoking cessation: a prospective study of English smokers. Tobacco Control, 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050007 Online 1 December 2011

3. Chapman, S, & MacKenzie, R. (2010). The global research neglect of unassisted smoking cessation: causes and consequences. PLoS Med,7(2), e1000216.

Conflict of Interest:

Emma Beard has received conference funding from Pfizer

Conflict of Interest

None declared