Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation: Differences Between Men and Women

Antonio Cepeda-Benito, Jose T. Reynoso, Stephen Erath
2004 Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  
Gender differences in the efficacy of nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) were examined in a meta-analytical review of 90 effect sizes obtained from a sample of 21 double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized studies. Although NRT was more effective for men than placebo at 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month follow-ups, the benefits of NRT for women were clearly evident only at the 3-and 6-month follow-ups. Giving NRT in conjunction with high-intensity nonpharmacological support was more important
more » ... or women than men. That is, NRT and low support were efficacious for women at only short-term follow-up, and men benefited from NRT at all the follow-ups regardless of the intensity of the adjunct support. The results suggest that long-term maintenance of NRT treatment gains decrease more rapidly for women than men.
doi:10.1037/0022-006x.72.4.712 pmid:15301656 fatcat:qewofg7jwne23exblu35uhk2n4