Nicotine replacement therapy: evidence from observational studies versus clinical trials

Johnson George
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10130
Published online: 2 April 2012

To the Editor: A “real world” study of smoking abstinence caught the attention of Australian media recently, who primarily focused on the commentary that “cold turkey” was the most successful approach for quitting smoking. Alpert and colleagues1 assessed the effects of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) alone and/or in combination with behaviour counselling in 787 adult smokers from Massachusetts who had recently quit smoking.

  • Johnson George

  • Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

I received a research grant from Pfizer, for research on smoking cessation support for inpatients. Pfizer had no involvement in study design or report writing.


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