Daily Archives: August 1, 2009

Nicotine Patch Recommended for Use before Quitting Smoking

To quit smoking is very hard, and even non-smokers know that. However, anti-smoking researchers showed in a recent study that smokers wishing to kick the bad habit can double their success rates by using nicotine patch before quitting smoking.
The researchers explained that the nicotine patch is only recommended for use after the quit date.
The current labeling comes as a result of relations that using a patch while smoking could lead to nicotine overdose, but a new study found concurrent use of a nicotine patch and cigarette smoking appears to be safe.
In general people who use the patch before quitting are likely to spontaneously reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke because the patch satisfies their need for nicotine and makes the act of smoking less pleasing.
In the last study, researchers showed that nicotine patch before quitting smoking can help smokers quit easier. However, people are afraid to try a pre-cessation patch because the current labeling recommends users not smoke while on treatment.
This study is very important. Firstly because it intensifies the findings of previous studies, which showed the value of pre-cessation patch therapy, and secondly it demonstrates that using a pre-cessation nicotine patch can make a significant difference in a person’s ability to quit.
In this study were enrolled 400 people (who smoked an average of slightly more than one pack of cigarettes per day) for to find the most successful smoking cessation method.
They were put in four groups who both used a nicotine or placebo patch for two weeks prior to quitting smoking, and were further randomized to smoking their regular brand of cigarettes or a low-tar and nicotine cigarette.
After the quit date, all groups received standard nicotine patch treatment at reduced dosages for a total of 10 weeks.
Twenty-two percent of participants in the pre-cessation nicotine patch groups abstained from smoking continuously for at least 10 weeks, compared to 11 percent in the placebo patch groups.
At the end of the investigation, researchers found that the use of the pre-cessation patch is significant because it helps researchers predict people’s subsequent quit success. For example, people on the patch were more likely to reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke.