Nicotine Gum and Skin Patch Face New Doubt

Posted on January 20th, 2012 by

 The nicotine gum and patches that millions of smokers use to help kick their habit have no lasting benefit and may backfire in some cases, according to the most rigorous long-term study to date of so-called nicotine replacement therapy…Doctors who treat smokers said that the study findings were not unexpected, given the haphazard way many smokers used the products. “Patient compliance is a very big issue,” said Dr. Richard Hurt, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic, who was not involved in the study. Dr. Hurt said products like nicotine gum and patches “are absolutely essential, but we use them in combinations and doses that match treatment to what the individual patient needs,” unlike smokers who are self-treating. Additional coverage: TopNews US, redOrbit

NY Times,by Ben Carey, 1/9/2012

Tags: Mayo Clinic Rochester, Nicotine Dependence Center

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