Study: Therapy can help smokers quit, even if they don't want to
According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, prolonged therapy will help patients quit smoking, even if the smokers have no interest in quitting at the outset. The researchers studied successful cessation rates among smokers who had the standard eight-week counseling and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and smokers who had 48 weeks of counseling and NRT. Those in the prolonged therapy group had greater success at quitting for at least a six month span. The researchers conclude that by treating smoking with a chronic disease management approach and implementing long-term counseling, cessation programs may better address smoking relapses and increase cessation rates.Read more here, or click here to read the study abstract.
American Lung Association "Helping Smokers Quit" report released
A report from the American Lung Association provides an overview of smoking cessation services and treatments offered in each state by Medicaid, Medicare, state employee plans, quitlines, and private insurance. It also discusses past and future federal government actions to help smokers quit. This year, the report features a list of the five most quit-friendly states (ME, ND, DE, OK, WY) and five least quit-friendly states (GA, LA, AL, MD, NJ). The report can be used to focus media and policymaker attention on cessation coverage policies. Download the report here, and click here to read the 2011 cessation coverage fact sheet.
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