Researchers: Smoking should be considered chronic disease

04/9/2009 | Forbes

Health care professionals should treat smoking as a chronic disease that may need repeated interventions with multiple medications and counseling, according to U.S. researchers. One new study found people getting high-intensity counseling along with pharmacotherapy had the highest quit rates. A second study of smokers with chronic health problems showed those who used a nicotine patch, nicotine oral inhaler and bupropion had better quit rates than those using just the patch.

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