Nicotine patches ineffective in pregnancy

Nicotine patches are no better than placebo at getting pregnant women to quit smoking, research suggests.

A randomised trial of 1050 pregnant smokers found there was no significant difference in abstinence rates at term between women given nicotine replacement therapy and those given placebo.

Nine percent of women on nicotine replacement therapy had achieved prolonged abstinence at delivery, compared with 8% of those on placebo.

However interpretation of the