New drug shows promise in helping smokers quit

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New drug shows promise in helping smokers quit

By Ronald Kotulak Chicago Tribune science reporter
Published July 5, 2006

A new medication that reduces the craving for cigarettes and abates withdrawal symptoms appears to be more effective in helping people break the smoking habit than the best therapy currently available, the nicotine-replacement drug bupropion, according to three studies published Tuesday.

Although the new anti-smoking drug, varenicline, is seen as a step forward, experts cautioned that it is less effective than health officials would like and that there may never be a pill to help most smokers quit.

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