from BBC – https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47041111
E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine replacements for helping smokers quit, a study suggests.
A trial found 18% of smokers who used them to quit remained smoke-free after a year, compared with 9.9% of those using nicotine-replacement treatments.
The study of 886 smokers is the first to test how effective modern e-cigarettes are for quitting.
Researchers hope their findings will lead to vaping devices being routinely offered by stop-smoking services.
Public Health England has already called for e-cigarettes to be made available on the NHS within five years, pointing to a body of research that suggests they are at least 95% less harmful than cigarettes.
However, up until now there had been a shortage of evidence on how effective they were as stop-smoking tools.
Lead researcher Prof Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary University of London, said: “Although a large number of smokers report that they have quit smoking successfully with the help of e-cigarettes, health professionals have been reluctant to recommend their use because of the lack of clear evidence from randomised controlled trials.
“This is now likely to change.”
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