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Does reduced smoking if you can’t stop make any difference?

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, October 2015
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Does reduced smoking if you can’t stop make any difference?
Published in
BMC Medicine, October 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12916-015-0505-2
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Rachna Begh, Nicola Lindson-Hawley, Paul Aveyard


Promoting and supporting smoking reduction in smokers with no immediate intention of stopping smoking is controversial given existing fears that this will deter cessation and that reduction itself may not improve health outcomes. Evidence shows that smokers who reduce the number of daily cigarettes smoked are more likely to attempt and actually achieve smoking cessation. Further, clinical trials have shown that nicotine replacement therapy benefits both reduction and cessation. Worldwide data suggests that 'non-medical' nicotine is more attractive to people who smoke, with electronic cigarettes now being widely used. Nevertheless, only one small trial has examined the use of electronic cigarettes to promote reduction, with direct evidence remaining inconclusive. It has been suggested that long-term reduced smoking may directly benefit health, although the benefits are small compared with cessation. The combined data imply that smoking reduction is a promising intervention, particularly when supported by clean nicotine; however, the benefits are only observed when it leads to permanent cessation.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Unknown 85 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 20 23%
Student > Master 15 17%
Unspecified 10 11%
Student > Bachelor 8 9%
Other 8 9%
Other 27 31%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 25 28%
Unspecified 13 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 13%
Psychology 11 13%
Social Sciences 10 11%
Other 18 20%

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