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Stop-smoking medications, are they realy useful ..!!?

Stop-smoking medications, are they realy useful ..!!?

Since the release of stop-smoking medications (SSMs), a lot of debate has been around regarding the efficacy of such medications. Randomized clinical trials have concluded that SSMs can help quit smoking, while several population-based studies have demonstrated less efficacy or even no efficacy at all.

This controversy has led to a lot of arguments, several trials clearly proof that SSMs are better than other methods for smoking cessation such as e-cigarettes, nicotine patches and group therapy, while other studies clearly demonstrate that such benefits cannot stand still when tested on a community level.

Finally, a team of researchers from VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control, Australia has done a review of these studies in order to resolve the mystery, they concluded that patients in population-based studies are more likely to try SSMs if they are heavy smokers, and those patients are more likely to remember their last quitting attempts, while patients who tries conventional treatments are more likely to be light smokers, and since their quit-smoking techniques are simple and depend on self-will, they tend to forget the failed tries after a while.

This study, which was published in Oxford: Nicotine & Tobacco Research Journal on Feb, 7th, concluded that the discrepancy in the results between clinical trials and community-based studies has no solid grounds.

It is worth mentioning that SSMs, such as Varenicline and Bupropion, need a medical prescription in most developed countries because of the importance of professional follow-ups to monitor the possible side effects which can be severe. More than that, most experts and organizations recommend the combination of two or more modalities for smoking cessation since such combination can increase the success rate of these methods. 

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Prepared by: Basel AlJunaidy

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