“Free” Nicotine Patches Don’t Work, But NYC Gives Them Away Anyway
London’s Telegraph reports that nicotine patches given away by health departments are not effective at helping smokers quit, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
But the lack of evidence of efficacy doesn’t concern New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He continues to give them away, at taxpayer expense, as if he were spending his own money.
If governments really want to give away products that can be effective at helping cigarette smokers quit, they should consider free dissolvable tobacco, snus, and e-cigarettes.
Jeff Stier is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research and directs its Risk Analysis Division. He blogs at conservativeblog.org.
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