Cytisine: Could it help smokers quit?

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Date Published:
5 Jun 2018

NDARC’s Dr Ryan Courtney spoke to Dr Norman Swan about the CESSATE study and cytisine on ABC Radio National’s Health Report.

Cytisine is a natural, plant-based compound that occurs in the golden rain tree (Laburnum anagyroides), and although not currently available as a stop smoking medicine in Australia, it has been used in Central and Eastern Europe for more than 50 years.

The CESSATE study will compare the effectiveness of cytisine and the prescription medicine varenicline in a randomised controlled trial. NSW smokers who want to quit are being recruited to take part.

If you are interested in the study please call 1800 290 612 or email cessate@unsw.edu.au.

You can listen to Dr Courtney’s interview in full on the ABC Radio National website.