Use of pharmacotherapy

Bar chart showing prevalence of use of nicotine replacement therapy among current smokers and recent quitters who had quit or attempted to quit smoking in the past 12 months in 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.As noted previously, nearly one-third (31.8%a) of those who attempted to quit in the past 12 months had used some form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).   

Nicotine patches were the most popular form of NRT (Figure 5.18). Nicotine inhalers, nasal or mouth sprays, and lozenges were less common, used by 14.9% when combined. A similar percentage used NRT gum.

Since 2003, the nicotine patch has been the most popular in all years with available data (Figure 5.19). Use of stop-smoking “medications such as Zyban, Wellbutrin or Champix” was not included on the CTNS, but was included in some previous surveys.

Line graph showing prevalence of use of stop-smoking medications among current smokers and recent quitters who had quit or attempted to quit smoking in the past 2 years in 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.


95% confidence intervals for in-text estimates

a: 31.8 [25.9-37.6]