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Smoking Cessation: Every Little Bit Helps

KEY POINT

Two recently published studies confirm lower mortality rates among patients who try to quit smoking—even when few of them succeed—and that smoking cessation can slow down the accelerated decline in pulmonary function associated with smoking.

SOURCES

Anthonisen NR et al. The effects of a smoking cessation intervention on 14.5-year mortality: a randomized clinical trial. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142:233–9.

Chinn S et al. Smoking cessation, lung function, and weight gain: a follow-up study. Lancet. 2005;365:1629–35.

Moolchan ET et al. Safety and efficacy of the nicotine patch and gum for the treatment of adolescent tobacco addiction. Pediatrics. 2005;115:e407–e414.