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Going Slow May Not Be Best When Quitting SmokingGoing Slow May Not Be Best When Quitting Smoking

Gabriela S. Ferreira, MD; and Michael B. Steinberg, MD, MPH
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This article was published at www.annals.org on 15 March 2016.


From Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Disclosures: Dr. Steinberg reports personal fees from Arena Pharmaceuticals (March 2015), Major League Baseball (2015 to present), and Pfizer (2006 to 2007) outside the submitted work. Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M16-0362.

Requests for Single Reprints: Michael B. Steinberg, MD, MPH, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Division of General Internal Medicine, 125 Paterson Street, Suite 2300, New Brunswick, NJ 08903; e-mail, michael.steinberg@rutgers.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Ferreira and Steinberg: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Division of General Internal Medicine, 125 Paterson Street, Suite 2300, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.


Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(9):622-623. doi:10.7326/M16-0362
© 2016 American College of Physicians
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Most smoking cessation guidelines advise patients to stop abruptly on a set quit date. Lindson-Hawley and colleagues' trial found that abrupt cessation was more effective than gradual reduction. The editorialists discuss the findings and whether clinicians should encourage gradual reduction for smokers who are ready to quit.

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