Depressed smokers may benefit from combined psychosocial and tobacco cessation intervention

After a review of nearly 50 randomized controlled trials, Dutch researchers have concluded that smokers who are also depressed may have more success at quitting if their tobacco cessation treatment also includes a psychosocial component.  

Their analysis showed that when depressed smokers received treatment for their depression, as well as their addiction, they were able to stop smoking for longer periods.

The report, Smoking Cessation Interventions for Smokers with Current or Past Depression,” appeared in The Cochrane Library.

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