Nicotine-replacement therapy: a proven treatment for smoking cessation

Robson, N. (2010) Nicotine-replacement therapy: a proven treatment for smoking cessation. South African Family Practice, 52 (4). pp. 298-303. ISSN Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya

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    Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and cancer. Despite the high prevalence of smokers worldwide, smokers are often neglected and not offered effective assistance with quitting their habits. In order to overcome this public health burden, effective treatment is needed to help smokers stop smoking. Among the pharmacological treatments available, nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT), when prescribed in combination with behavioural support, has been proven to be effective in helping a wide range of smokers to quit. NRT helps smokers during the withdrawal process by replacing a proportion of the nicotine formerly obtained from cigarettes. NRT is available in many formulations. The commonly prescribed formulations are nicotine gum, nicotine patches, nicotine inhaler and nicotine nasal spray. The choice of which NRT to prescribe depends on the patient’s condition, established guidelines and protocols and availability. This article aims to review the role of NRT in smoking cessation.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: South African Family Practice
    Additional Information: Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Smoking, Quit, Cessation, Nicotine, Nicotine-Replacement Therapy, Nrt, Tobacco, Dependence
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    R Medicine
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Noorzurani Robson
    Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 10:01
    Last Modified: 27 Mar 2012 10:01

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