Adding very low nicotine content cigarettes to nicotine replacement therapy and behavioural support increases abstinence at 6 months after the quit date
- Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Sharon Cummins
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), 9500 Gilman Drive, MC0905, La Jolla, CA 92093-0905, USA;
Commentary on Walker N, Howe C, Bullen C, et al. The combined effect of very low-nicotine content cigarettes, used as an adjunct to usual Quitline care (nicotine replacement therapy and behavioural support), on smoking cessation: a randomised controlled trial. Addiction 2012;107:1857–67.
Implications for practice and research
Adding very low nicotine content (VLNC) cigarettes to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and behavioural support may help some smokers become abstinent.
Use of VLNCs did not increase serious adverse health events when used with NRT.
We cannot assume VLNCs would be as safe without NRT because there may be more compensatory smoking.
There are proven interventions to help smokers quit, both behavioural (group, individual, telephone-based counselling) and pharmacological (NRT, medications).1 This study examined using VLNCs to help smokers quit. VLNCs mimic the act of smoking and are thought to address non-nicotine aspects of smoking including hand-to-mouth behaviour, smell, taste and possible addiction …