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How effective are nicotine lozenges in treating addiction?

Gary Wenk
Psychology
According to the results of a study paid for by the manufacturer of a nicotine lozenge, chronic, long term smokers were three times more likely to stop smoking than those smokers who were given placebo lozenges. That sounds impressive until you learn that the effectiveness of a placebo in most studies is about two percent. Thus, nicotine lozenges are about as effective as nicotine chewing gum, i.e. about six percent of smokers will stop smoking ultimately after using them. Therefore, if everything else has failed, nicotine lozenges certainly worth a try. 

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