NIH: Effective ploys for tobacco cessation underused

June 19, 2006

Effective tobacco cessation interventions are available and could double or triple quit rates, but not enough smokers request or are being offered these interventions. This was a key finding of an NIH panel that convened recently to assess the available scientific evidence on tobacco use prevention, cessation, and control.

NIH: Effective ploys for tobacco cessation underused

Effective tobacco cessation interventions are available and could double or triple quit rates, but not enough smokers request or are being offered these interventions. This was a key finding of an NIH panel that convened recently to assess the available scientific evidence on tobacco use prevention, cessation, and control. NIH said a national coordinated strategy for tobacco control is needed. The panel found that nicotine replacement therapy, telephone quit lines, and counseling were individually effective and even more effective in combination. The panel also concluded that there is strong evidence to support the effectiveness of economic strategies such as increasing the cost of tobacco products through taxes and reducing out-of-pocket costs for effective cessation therapies.

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