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Study Compares Electronic Cigarettes to Nicotine Patches

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Results of a New Zealand study suggest electronic cigarettes are just as effective as nicotine patches for people who are trying to quit smoking. But, some public health experts say  the similar quit rates are not sufficient enough to convince them to embrace e-cigarettes as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

"A 5.7% quit rate as found in this study, is not overly impressive.  FDA-approved NRTs, including nicotine patches and medications like Bupropion and Chantix, have data in the 20-45% quit rate range, and NDQuits, North Dakota's free tobacco cessation program, has had a 30% quit rate for nine years," says Dr. Eric L. Johnson, President of Tobacco Free North Dakota.

The release of this study comes just days after the CDC announced disturbing statistics showing huge increases in electronic cigarette use by youth and industry efforts to target them by selling flavors such as cotton candy, bubble gum, and watermelon.

"Until the FDA rules on the safety and efficacy of electronic cigarettes, Tobacco Free North Dakota does not feel comfortable promoting products like e-cigarettes as safe or effective cessation products, especially when North Dakotans have great access to a successful program like NDQuits," says Tobacco Free North Dakota executive director Erin Hill-Oban.

For more information, visit http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ERS/41439?isalert=1&uun=g436493d200R5533639u&utm_source=breaking-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-news&xid=NL_breakingnews_2013-09-07

 

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