Taking Smoking Cessation Drug A Month Before Trying to Quit May Boost Success

Taking the smoking cessation drug Chantix for a month before trying to quit smoking may boost success rates, according to a new study.

While people usually take Chantix, or varenicline, one week before their “quit date,”  the new study found smoking cessation rates were higher in people who started four weeks before they stopped smoking, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The researchers write in the Archives of Internal Medicine that 47.2 percent of people who started taking the drug a month before their quit date were still smoke-free after three months, compared with 20.8 percent of those who took three weeks of a placebo pill followed by one week of Chantix before their quit date. Participants in the study didn’t know if they were receiving four weeks of Chantix or three weeks of a placebo plus a week of Chantix. All participants continued taking Chantix for three months after they quit smoking.

The researchers said that Chantix may also help “hard-core” smokers reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke even if they can’t quit.

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    Tony Rovere

    June 16, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    I only have personal experience from my parents when it comes to quitting smoking, which i relate at:

    Both of them quit cold turkey, and for both of them the reason they decided to quit far outweighed the method of quitting.

    This was especially true for my mother. I tried to get her to quit smoking for over 15 years. But when my brother had his first child, grandma was told that she would not be allowed to have her grandson at her house because of the smoke that lingered in the house.

    She could come to her grandson.

    Her grandson would never come to her.

    She quit that day and hasn’t gone back since.

    So while these drugs certainly may assist you in quitting smoking, it is all up to the individual to ‘come to the table’ with the right motivation and attitude. That makes all of the difference in the world.

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    April 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    All children should be taught that the anti-smokers deliberately commit scientific fraud by using studies based on lifestyle questionnaires that ignore the role of infection. Poorer people are more likely to have been exposed to these infections, so their bogus studies are designed to give the privileged a pretext for war of cultural genocide against the poor. This pseudo-science was originally invented in Nazi Germany, and the American Cancer Society and its axis enthusiastically embraced it and have used it for its intended purpose ever since. And teach them that the anti-smokers destroyed democracy by censoring the media and preventing informed smokers’ advocates from refuting their lies, and that’s how they got their smoking bans passed.


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    April 27, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    How interesting. Studies show that COLD TURKEY is the most successful way of quitting smoking, even the ACS’ 2003 report, scrubbed from their website, shows 91.4% of former smokers quit COLD TURKEY.
    This study shows NRT overpromoted because most people quit COLD TURKEY. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-02/plos-nrt020410.php
    THIS study shows risk of cancer from NRT highter than first thought. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6143744.ece
    NRT patches have a 98.4% FAILURE rate for quitting long term (see Siegel’s comment) http://www.bmj.com/content/338/bmj.b1024/reply and Nicorette gum is highly addictive and causes extreme hair loss, skin lesions, high blood pressure and more, according to users http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=18612&name=NICORETTE

    Note that none of this is EVER disclosed on JoinTogether.

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