November 2, 2009 --
From nicotine patches to gum to lozenges, there are many tools out there to help smokers kick the habit. But little research has been done comparing how well these products work. Now, a new study from the University of Wisconsin is showing that pairing the nicotine patch with nicotine lozenges as needed is the best aid for those looking to give up cigarettes.
In the study, over 1,500 heavy smokers were assigned random treatments. Researchers say pairing nicotine lozenges with the nicotine patch was the only treatment which worked better than placebo at six months.
There is more on the study in the Archives of General Psychiatry.