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Nurse-Conducted Smoking Cessation in Patients With COPD, Using Nicotine Sublingual Tablets and Behavioral Support

Lori Pbert, PhD
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Affiliations: Worcester, MA
 ,  Dr. Pbert is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Correspondence to: Lori Pbert, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA 01655; e-mail: lori.pbert@umassmed.edu



Chest. 2006;130(2):314-316. doi:10.1378/chest.130.2.314
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Cigarette smoking is the main cause of COPD, accounting for > 75% of all COPD cases.14 Smoking cessation is the only treatment that has been found to unequivocally reduce the rate of FEV1 decline in patients with COPD,5 with the rate of FEV1 loss slowing and potentially returning to the rate of decline of similarly aged individuals who have never smoked soon after cessation.7 As such, smoking cessation is the single most important and effective intervention to improve outcomes in individuals with COPD.1,4,8

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