E-cigarettes as effective as patches to stop smoking
PARIS (AFP) - Tobacco-free electronic cigarettes are as effective as nicotine patches in weaning smokers off their habit, but both techniques are only modestly successful, a study said on Saturday.
It is the first trial to compare the increasingly popular "e-cigarette" - a plastic tube which heats a liquid to an inhalable vapour – against nicotine patches as an anti-smoking aid.
Researchers in Auckland, New Zealand, recruited 657 smokers who wanted to quit, and assigned them randomly to three groups.
Two groups of around 290 people were given a 13-week supply of either patches or e-cigarettes that delivered nicotine vapour.