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- In the UK, the treatment of smoking-related disease has been estimated to cost the NHS up to pounds 1.5 billion a year.
- People over 60-years and women are more successful at stopping smoking.
- Half of smoking cessation attempts in the UK are actually made without any treatment (BMJ 2007; 335: 37-41).
What is the evidence?
- Varenicline - the treatment that targets the nicotine receptor in the brain - is more effective than bupropion when stopping smoking (JAMA 2006; 296: 64-71).
- Another study found that one in seven highly motivated patients were not smoking one year after taking varenicline for …