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Repeat and higher intensity smoking cessation interventions best

KEY POINT

Results from two clinical trials published in the April 7 Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that repeated, intensive interventions consisting of pharmacotherapy, counseling, and continued dialogue with health providers are the most successful in helping patients quit smoking.

SOURCES

Ellerbeck EF et al. Effect of varying levels of disease management on smoking cessation: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med.2009;150:437–46. 

Steinberg MB et al. Triple-combination pharmacotherapy for medically ill smokers. a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med.2009;150:447–54.