|Jump to full article: Boston (MA) Globe, 2012-01-16|
Author: Dr. David A. Meyerson Baltimore
The study cited in the article “Nicotine aids found not effective long term’’ (Metro, Jan. 10) suggests that nicotine replacement therapy may not be highly effective. However, the research may simply be pointing out how incorrectly these products are being used, and that to use them without professional support and guidance or with half-hearted effort or inadequate counseling and follow-up is, like anything else, a matter of getting out of it what you put into it. . . .
Before we move to curtail the use of smoking cessation aids because one study suggests that they are not very effective, we should redouble our efforts to educate the public, especially those prescribing such aids and those providing counseling for smoking cessation. Nicotine addiction is serious, and must be approached as such.
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