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VIDEO: Varenicline may help smokers quit gradually


 

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Is it all or nothing when it comes to quitting smoking?

For many smokers, there may be another approach: A new study showed that a 24-week course of varenicline boosted quit rates among smokers who preferred to gradually reduce their cigarette use ( JAMA 2015;313:687-94 ). That behavioral health reduction strategy may offer 14 million smokers an alternative route to quitting, noted study author Dr. Jon O. Ebbert of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

In a video interview, Dr. Ebbert discusses the strategy and its benefits.

Dr. Ebbert reported receiving grants from Pfizer, JHP Pharmaceuticals, and Orexigen, as well as personal fees from GlaxoSmithKline.

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