Vaping twice as likely as gum to help smokers quit

February 04, 2019

A new study has shown people are twice as likely to succeed in quitting smoking if they use e-cigarettes than if they rely on nicotine replacement patches and gums.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has long-supported the legalisation of vaping to help save the lives of thousands of Australian smokers every year.

The Guardian reports, research focused on nearly 900 long-term smokers seeking their doctors' help to quit, was hailed as a landmark by experts in public health in the UK who believe e-cigarettes have already helped bring down the smoking rate.

Prof Peter Hajek from Queen Mary University of London led a randomised controlled trial to establish whether e-cigarettes were a better aid to quitting than nicotine replacement therapy.

His research is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The mostly middle-aged smokers were randomly assigned to be given an e-cigarette starter kit or nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, lozenges, sprays or gum.

At the end of the year, 18% of the vapers were no longer smoking , compared around 9% of the others.

It is the first trial to compare the licensed quitting aids with e-cigarettes, which are not licensed for medical use.

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