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A recent issue of JAMA is focused on smoking and smoking cessation. It addresses several topics including a reflection on 50 years of tobacco control since the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking, e-cigarettes, quitting smoking unassisted, smoking cessation and mental illness, pharmacological treatments for smoking cessation, and smoking prevalence among health care professionals. See the table of contents and links to articles here.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that bupropion and varenicline combined was more effective than varenicline alone in helping smokers quit the habit. The combination therapy group had a significantly higher smoking abstinence rate after 12 weeks and 26 weeks of treatment compared with the monotherapy group. However, abstinence rates were not significantly different between the groups at one year, researchers said. Read more about the study.