Researchers gave 3,000 smokers NRT for six to 18 months and compared their quit rates with those of smokers given placebo.
Those given NRT were twice as more likely to achieve six months of sustained abstinence.
This shows that even though some smokers are not ready to quit, it is still worth treating them with NRT, the researchers say.
David Moore, from the University of Birmingham and colleagues, said: ‘People who would answer ‘no’ to ‘do you want to stop smoking now?’ may be helped to stop over a longer period by applying drugs formerly reserved only for abrupt cessation.’
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