Methods Of Treatment
About 80% of people who quit relapse within the first two weeks. Less than 3% of smokers become nonsmokers annually. Nicotine gum and patches, which maintain a steady level of nicotine in the blood, have met with some success but are more successful when combined with other support programs. Researchers now believe that smoking may be linked to depression, the withdrawal symptom causing most people who quit to begin again. In 1997, the FDA approved the antidepressant medication bupropion to help treat nicotine dependence.
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