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Nicotine Replacement Therapy Is Safe, Effective and Can Help Reverse Mental Acuity Deficits in Smokers Who Are Quitting, Including Commercial and Private Pilots
Date:5/22/2008

Commit 4 mg Lozenge helps reverse symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal including difficulty concentrating, attention deficit, memory

deficit and selective attention deficit

PITTSBURGH, May 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In light of today's announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it has removed a prescription anti-smoking pill from their approved list of safe medications for pilots and air-traffic controllers, it's important to note this news does not include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) which is deemed safe and effective. (1) Further, recent research has found the Commit 4 mg lozenge has been clinically proven to help reverse nicotine withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking including the following: difficulty concentrating, attention deficit, short-term memory deficit and selective attention deficit (2) -- some of the issues at the core of today's report.

In 1994, the FAA requested the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assemble an expert panel to examine the effects of smoking and tobacco addiction and withdrawal on pilot performance and airline safety. As part of the panel's conclusion, they found NRT to be safe, effective treatment option for pilots who smoke. (1) Those recommendations stand to this day.

"Nicotine withdrawal is a serious issue for pilots who are in the process of quitting smoking, and today's news could have a dramatic impact on these individuals," said Jack E. Henningfield, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Vice President Research & Health Policy, Pinney Associates, and consultant for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. "What they need to understand is that NRT such as the Commit lozenge is safe for quitters, including pilots who use it while flying, (1) and can help with the serious effects of withdrawal."

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