E-cigarettes 'as effective' as nicotine patches.

08 September, 2013

Electronic cigarettes appear to be at least as effective as nicotine patches in helping people to give up smoking.

Research suggests, the devices which are rapidly growing in popularity are helping smokers to kick the habit.

The findings, presented at the European Respiratory Society, showed similar numbers quitting with e-cigarettes as patches, but more had cut down too.

A team at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, conducted the first clinical trial comparing the devices with nicotine patches in 657 people. The results showed 7.3% using e-cigarettes had quit after six months compared with 5.8% using patches.

Source: BBC News website.

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