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Former Smoker-led Intervention Program Helps Women Quit

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How to quit smoking?

Former smokers from the community, a nicotine patch and group support may be the best combination for helping women in public housing stop smoking, researchers have found.

This strategy helped nearly 50 percent of women smokers in an Augusta public housing unit quit smoking by the end of a six-week program while less than 8 percent of women in a comparison group had kicked the habit, says Dr. Jeanette Andrews, nursing professor at the Medical College of Georgia and principal investigator.

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Six months after they quit, 27.5 percent of the women in the treatment neighborhood hadn't resumed smoking. In the comparison group, only 5.7 percent were still smoke-free.

Dr. Andrews will present her findings Feb. 17 at the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco's 12th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Researchers studied 103 women smokers, about half of whom lived in Barton Village