The present investigation assessed the effectiveness of nicotine fading as nonaversive alternative to oversmoking. Subjects (66 women and 64 men) were randomly assigned to oversmoking, nicotine fading, nicotine fading/smokeholding, and nonmaitenance control. Results failed to indicate the expected superiority of nicotine fading/maintenance over the control condition. Instead, the addition of smoke holding appeared to produce a significant incremental effect over nicotine fading alone. Unfortunately, 12-month follow-up revealed considerable relapse across conditions and no significant treatment effects. Even so, absolute outcome for nicotine fading/smokeholding was encouraging. This procedure is both safe and apparently very acceptable to subjects. If the current results can be replicated, a clinically effective technique will have been established with applicability in both clinic and self-help settings.
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Preparation of this article was facilitated by Grant #PBR-7 awarded to the first author by the American Cancer Society. Requests for reprints should be sent to Harry A. Lando, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011