Smokers who participate in a proactive smoking cessation program through primary care visits that include counseling, nicotine replacement therapy and telephone pep-talks significantly have increased the likelihood of quitting, a new study finds. Researchers with the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics found that after six months in the cessation program, 15.4% of participants reported being abstinent from smoking, compared with 9.8% of those not in the program.

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