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New study sheds light on e-cigarettes’ effectiveness to help smokers quit

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A selection of "Nicotine Containing Products", or "NCP"s are displayed during "The E-Cigarette Summit" at the Royal Academy in central London on November 12, 2013.
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E-cigarettes could be almost twice as effective as other forms of nicotine replacement products to help smokers quit.

That’s what a New England Journal of Medicine study published Wednesday showed after more than a year’s worth of randomized research. As reported by the New York Times, the clinical trial was funded by the National Institute for Health Research and Cancer Research UK and was conducted in Great Britain. And the success rate of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit depends on factors such as how the user decides to smoke the device--as there are no specific instructions like with other nicotine replacement products.

So does this really mean that e-cigarettes are better than the nicotine patch, or gum or nasal spray? Larry speaks to Jan Hoffman of the New York Times who’s been following the story.


Jan Hoffman, health behaviors reporter for the New York Times; she’s been following the story.