Nicotine replacement therapy after hospitalisation effective

Thirty-eight per cent of patients using NRT had continuously abstained from smoking 12 months later, and the figure was the same in both the 37 who used an inhaler and the 50 who used the patch. 

That compared with 25% of those who did not use NRT. Adverse effects in users were mild and transient.

The findings suggested NRT could build on the window of opportunity provided by hospitalisation to assist patients to quit, the researchers from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide said.

Int Med J 2012; 42:154-59