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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA



Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM
13-338

Tobacco Cessation Clinic - Preliminary results of MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre

Bachina Nageswara Rao, MD, Radiation Oncology, MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre, Red Hills, Lakdikapul, Hyderabad, India

Objective: To study the effectiveness of behavioral therapy along and behavioral therapy + nicotine replacement therapy in chronic smokers

Methods: Research nurse identifies the chronic smokers related to the patients attending M.N.J.Institute of oncology & regional cancer center, Hyderabad and takes consent to participate in tobacco cessation program. Total 138 subjects were enrolled in to the study. Research nurse takes detailed history from the subjects and randomly assigns to one of the therapies behavioral behavioral therapy + nicotine replacement therapy (Nulife chewettes containing Nicotine Polacrilex Gum USP 2mg). Male subjects were121, females were17. Median follow up was 6 months

Results: Out of 138 subjects 85 subjects received behavioral therapy alone, 43 subjects received behavioral therapy + nicotine replacement therapy. 10 patients were lost to follow up. 34 subjects (28.9%) responded to behavioral therapy and 21 subjects (48.8%) responded to behavioral therapy + nicotine replacement therapy with a median follow up of 6 months.

Conclusions : Behavioral Therapy + Nicotine replacement therapy gives improved results in cessation of tobacco chewing rather than behavioral therapy along.