E-Cigarettes Equal Nicotine Patches for Quitting?

Sigarette02_copiaE-Cigarettes are in the news again!  The Lancet published a new 6 month study which included 657 smokers to assess the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, nicotine patches, and fake e-cigarettes (no nicotine) on smoking cessation. Researchers concluded that e-cigarettes are as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers cut down. In those who did not quit smoking however 57% of the e-cigarette group reduced their daily consumption of cigarettes by at least half as opposed to 41% in the nicotine patch group. Also, 90 % of e-cigarettes users reported that they would recommend it to family and friends making it more popular than nicotine patches. Have you noticed an increase in the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation?  Have you received questions about this from your patients?

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