E-cigarettes as Effective as Patches to Stop Smoking?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Researchers from the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland in New Zealand have conducted the first ever trial to assess whether e-cigarettes are more or less effective than nicotine patches in helping smokers to quit.
The study recruited 657 smokers who wanted to quit. Researchers divided them into three groups: 292 people received 13 weeks’ supply of e-cigarettes, each with about 16 mg of nicotine; the same number of people received 13 weeks’ supply of nicotine patches; and 73 people received placebo e-cigarettes.
Although, the number of participants who successfully quit was highest in the e-cigarettes group (7.3 percent versus 5.8 percent for the nicotine patches group, and 4.1 percent in the placebo group), the differences were not statistically significant. The results suggest that e-cigarettes are comparable to nicotine patches in helping people quit for at least six months.
For more information, go to: http://www.europeanlung.org/en/news-and-events/media-centre/press-releases/first-trial-to-compare-e-cigarettes
SOURCE: The Lancet, September 2013
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