E-Cigs Beat Nicotine Patches In Small Study
Researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand studied quit rates of more than 650 smokers using electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches. The results, like those of so many other studies, proved rather promising for electronic cigarettes.
The smokers were broken into 3 groups. One group was given electronic cigarettes with nicotine in them. Another group received nicotine patches. The last group was given “placebo” electronic cigarettes without nicotine in them. The first two groups were 292 individuals each and the last was 73.
Although 5.8% of subjects using nicotine patches showed smoking abstinence at the 13 week mark, 7.8% of the nicotine e-cig group managed to quit in the same time. Even 4% among the placebo group managed to abstain from smoking as of the 13 week mark.
You can read more on the study here.
The researchers say that the difference in quit rates between the two main groups is not statistically significant. But, they add, electronic cigarettes showed a much greater capacity to reduce smoking in individuals that didn’t otherwise quit. This further supports promising results of other studies looking into the cessation rates of electronic cigarette use.