Behavioral treatment techniques have facilitated smoking cessation, with intensive multicomponent interventions sometimes producing long-term abstinence rates approaching 50%. There is little evidence that either hypnosis or acupuncture are effective. Both nicotine gum and nicotine patch significantly improve treatment outcomes, although patch is easier for patients to use correctly. Self-help programs may be of benefit, however, smoking cessation products other than nicotine replacement show little evidence of effectiveness. Health professionals should be informed consumers and should be skeptical in evaluating claims for commercial programs or products. Additional information and materials are available from a number of sources including the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Office on Smoking and Health, and the voluntary health organizations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - 1996|