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Study finds anti-smoking drug improves smokers’ chances of stopping

  • Posted: March 28, 2013

Smokers have a higher probability of quitting smoking and a better overall cessation experience when taking varenicline (Chantix) compared to bupropion (marketed under various trade names as antidepressants and smoking cessation aids) and to placebo – unmedicated assisted smoking cessation – according to a University of Texas MD Anderson study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

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