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Study Finds Efficiency of Electronic Cigarettes in Quitting

The Huffington Post reports on a study in The Lancet that showed electronic cigarettes may be just as effective as nicotine patches in helping people to quit smoking. The study recruited 657 subjects who reported wanting to quit smoking and assigned them to an e-cigarette group, a nicotine patch group, or a placebo e-cigarette group, where they did not receive nicotine. At a 13 week followup, researchers found that the rates of quitting for the e-cigarette group were about the same as that of the nicotine patch group. Even amongst those who did not quit smoking entirely, “57 percent of those assigned to the e-cigarettes cut their use of regular cigarettes at least in half, compared with only 41 percent of those assigned to the nicotine patches.” Though the long-term safety of e-cigarettes is unknown, the study, “establishes a critical benchmark” for the development of e-cigarettes as a quitting aid.

Read the article in The Huffington Post.

Read the study in The Lancet.