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Nicotine patch survey supports long-term efficacy when combined with assistance program.

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NICOTINE PATCH USE SURVEY SUPPORTS LONG-TERM EFFICACY, particularly when combined with some form of patient assistance, according to a study by John Pierce, PhD, University of California-San Diego Cancer Center, et al., that appears in the Jan. 18 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study found that at 12 months, 15.8% of patch users were no longer smoking compared with only 7.1% of nonusers. The difference in success rates surpassed the 95% confidence interval and became statistically significant "when quitters using other forms of assistance were considered," the authors noted.

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