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Table 1 Daily medication regimes

From: Rapid reduction versus abrupt quitting for smokers who want to stop soon: a randomised controlled non-inferiority trial

  Rapid reduction Abrupt cessation
Pre-quit period -2 weeks to quit day 21 mg/24 hour patch,
1 mg of absorbed nicotine per cigarette forgone as a minimum from acute NRT.
21 mg/24 hour patch,
No acute NRT.
Quit day onward 21 mg/24 hour patch,
Minimum of 6 mg of absorbed nicotine from acute NRT. As much as needed to feel comfortable.
21 mg/24 hour patch,
Minimum of 6 mg of absorbed nicotine from acute NRT. As much as needed to feel comfortable.