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Help for smokers 'doesn't work'

23rd March 2012

A study by Nottingham University researchers published in the BMJ has suggested that offering free nicotine patches or intensive counselling to smokers calling the English NHS helpline does not help them quit.

In a survey of more than 2,500 smokes followed up over one year, they found that this additional support on top of what is already offered had no effect on numbers giving up smoking. As a result the Department of Health has said it would not now offer any extra services.

 

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