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Cochrane Evidence: Useful, Usable & Used – Medications to help people stop smoking

Posted on 14th April 2014 by

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A number of medications are currently available to help people stop smoking. In particular, three medications are commonly used to help people quit: nicotine replacement therapy, which comes in the form of patches, gum, lozenges, and inhalers; varenicline (tradenames Champix and Chantix); and bupropion (trade name Zyban). This overview of reviews set out to look at the evidence for the safety and efficacy of these treatments, comparing them with no treatment and with each other.

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. I chose to cover this review because of its potential to help people quit smoking, both from the individual and healthcare practitioner perspective. The full text of the review can be found here.

Jamie won joint third prize in the Cochrane UK & Ireland Annual Symposium 2014 – Student Competition.


Cahill K, Stevens S, Perera R, Lancaster T. Pharmacological interventions for smoking cessation: an overview and network meta-analysis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD009329. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009329.pub2.


Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce is a DPhil student at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, and also works part time there as a member of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Review Group. Her DPhil work aims to explore the interface between individual self-management of weight and contact with health care professionals. Her work with the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group involves contributing as an author and copyeditor, and assisting in the promotion and dissemination of the Group’s work. View more posts from Jamie

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