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Do pharmacotherapies which reduce anxiety help smokers to quit

Hughes JR, Stead LF, Lancaster T
Published Online: 
10 August 2011

Anxiety can contribute to increased smoking, and may be a smoking withdrawal symptom. Medications to reduce anxiety (anxiolytics) may theoretically help smokers trying to quit. There have not been many trials, and none of them showed strong evidence of an effect on quitting.

This record should be cited as: 
Hughes JR, Stead LF, Lancaster T. Anxiolytics for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2000, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD002849. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002849
Assessed as up to date: 
5 October 2009