E-cigarettes could help smokers quit just as much patches, say researchers

Researchers have found that e-cigarettes could be just as effective as patches in helping smokers quit, according to euronews.com.

The study, which was carried out by scientists from the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland, involved 657 smokers. Three hundred of the participants were given the e-cigarettes and nearly the same amount were given patches. Seventy of the participants were also given e-cigarettes which contained no nicotine.

Results showed that around six to seven per cent of those who used the standard e-cigarettes and patches quit smoking and four per cent of those using the placebo e-cigarettes successfully quit.

Researchers say the study was the first to compare e-cigarettes and patches on their ability to help smokers to quit. Talking about the findings, lead author of the study Chris Bullen told dailymail.co.uk: "This research provides an important benchmark for e-cigarettes. We have now shown they are about as effective as a standard nicotine replacement product."

Those who want to try giving up smoking without the help of nicotine may want to try hypnotherapy courses however, as these have proved an effective method for many smokers.

It is predicted that around a fifth of adults aged 16 or over smoke in the UK.