There may be a new way to quit smoking. An industry-funded study is out and looks at combining two methods of quitting smoking to increase the odds of success. Cigarette smokers would use the drug chantix and nicotine patches.

Before you rush out to try this, the study is already having some questions raised about it, and a push for further studies. Dr. Coenie Koegelenberg, at professor at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital in South Africa talked about the study. “The combination appears to be safe, although further studies are needed to confirm this.”

That should tell you all you need to know about trying this method. ‘Appears to be safe’ aren’t the words you want coming out of your doctor’s mouth. The study also showed that it isn’t the magic bullet when it comes to smoking cessation. Out of the 400-plus participants in the study, more than one-third were still smoking at the 6-month timeframe after starting the treatment.

So, Chantix, nicotine patches and cigarettes. At that point, why not have an IV of nicotine strapped to you? The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, but there is an agenda here. The research was funded by Pfizer and McNeil, the makers of Chantix and nicotine patches.

While this study does not quite meet the go out and try this treatment, it does offer insight into alternative methods of quitting smoking. This is the first time research has looked at using a cocktail to help smokers. Is it the right cocktail? More studies will need to be one. But, this does offer physicians and researchers an opportunity to look at developing more effective treatments.

Even with the drugs and patches on the market, smoking remains incredibly difficult to quit. Pharmaceutical companies can use this new research to come up with better drugs to help users quit in a more effective manner. Here’s hoping that this study is just the start of the final push to help smokers quit once and for all.


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