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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.