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Randomised controlled trial
Varenicline can help smokers to stop smoking by gradual reduction
  1. Karl Fagerstrom
  1. Fagerstrom Consulting, Vaxholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Karl Fagerstrom, Fagerstrom Consulting, Vaxholm 18531, Sweden; karl.fagerstrom{at}

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Around 70% of smokers say they want to quit smoking. However, if they are asked to set a quit date ‘right now’, the figure comes down to around 5–10%. In practice, we need to realise that there is a range of motivation for change. Smokers can be grouped into those wanting and not wanting to quit. Among those wanting to quit, some may have tried and failed so many times that they have more or less given up trying. …

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