Cochrane review backs nicotine replacement therapy

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can help people to cut down the number of cigarettes they smoke and to quit in the long term, even among those who don’t initially intend to quit, a Cochrane Review suggests.

The researchers analysed 20 randomised controlled trials that tested ways to help people cut down the number of cigarettes they smoked, most of which tested NRT as an intervention to assist reduction.

Pooled analysis of eight studies involving a total of 3081 smokers showed that NRT ‒ gum, inhalers or a choice of product ‒ roughly doubled the likelihood