A smoking cessation program plus inhaled ipratropium improved survival in smokers with asymptomatic airway obstruction

Schorling, John B.
September 2005
ACP Journal Club;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 143 Issue 2, p41
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a study by researcher N.R. Anthonisen and colleagues, which shows a significant long-term mortality benefit among patients who have participated in a smoking cessation program (SCP). The benefit was relatively small, with an absolute risk reduction of about 2% after 14.5 years. However, this is the benefit for all patients randomized to the SCP, not just those who quit smoking. Furthermore, 21.7% of patients in the SCP had quit smoking after 5 years compared with 5.4% in the usual care group.


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