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Healthcare plan for anxiety disorders may help people quit smoking

Published on 28/10/2010
Establishing a healthcare plan to treat anxiety disorders may be the key to helping many people quit smoking, new research has suggested.

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention offered free coaching and medications to US smokers to help them kick the habit.

Published in the journal Addiction, they found that, while overall quit rates for the study were high, participants with anxiety diagnoses were much less likely to quit smoking.

Furthermore, the researchers discovered a high rate of anxiety related disorders among participants.

Out of the 1,504 people who took part in the study, 455 had experienced a panic attack in the past, 199 had a social anxiety disorder, and 99 showed signs of having or having had a generalised anxiety disorder.

Lead author Megan Piper, commented: "Further research is needed to identify better counselling and medication treatments to help patients with anxiety disorders to quit smoking."

Figures for 2008 show that around 10 million adults in Britain smoke cigarettes.
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