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E-cigarettes as good as patches in helping to reduce smoking, study concludes

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 09 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5505
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A randomised controlled trial that compared electronic cigarettes with nicotine patches found that the methods were roughly equivalent in helping smokers to quit.

The New Zealand study, published in the Lancet, randomised 657 smokers to nicotine e-cigarettes, nicotine patches, or placebo e-cigarettes.1 At six months follow-up the verified abstinence rate was 7.3% of participants (21 of 289) in …

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