April 3, 2009 --
A new study shows nicotine replacement therapy can help smokers quit even when they don't think they're ready. British researchers found people who are just prepared to reduce their smoking are twice as likely to stop in the long-term if they use nicotine replacements to help them cut down gradually.
Nearly 7 percent of smokers who used nicotine replacement were able to go six months without a cigarette -- twice as many as those given placebos.
Studies suggest half of those who manage six months without smoking will maintain it for the rest of their lives.