NIHR Signal: E-cigarettes helped more smokers quit than nicotine replacement therapy

Studies have found that 18% given e-cigarettes were abstinent from smoking vs 9.9% for nicotine replacement therapy. E-cigarettes are considerably less harmful than smoking, so switching to vaping is likely to bring substantial health gains.
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Abstract Smoking and second-hand smoke strongly increase incidence of diabetes and probability for its complications. Smoking cessation can lead to weight gain and increased diabetes risk; however, it decreases cardiovascular and total mortality. A basal diagnostics (Fagerström Test, exhaled CO) is the basis for successful smoking cessation. Supporting medication include Varenicline, Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Bupropion. Socio-economic as well as psychological factors play an important role for smoking and smoking cessation.Moderate consumption of alcohol possibly decreases risk for diabetes and ca...
Source: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Wien Klin Wochenschr Source Type: research
A newstudy published online ahead of print in theAmerican Journal of Medicine reports that there is no association between vaping and cardiovascular disease among never smokers.Like previous studies of its kind, this was a cross-sectional study that examined the association between current vaping/smoking status andever having been told that one has cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, coronary artery disease, or stroke). Previous studies used data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) or the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study; this paper used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor ...
Source: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary - Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs
By Stephanie Larson and Richard Featherstone, Emergo Group Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) drug products, such as patches, gum and lozenges, have been around for more than 30 years. More novel products such as e-cigarettes provide additional choices for people using NRT for smoking cessation. But, like any other drug delivery mechanism, there are risks as well as benefits when using NRT drug products. While the technology has been marching ahead, regulators have been taking an increased interest in how to manage the risks of harm associated with using such products. Get the full story here at the Emergo Group’s bl...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Blog Emergo Group Source Type: news
e-Cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine replacement therapy in combination with behavioral support, found astudy in theNew England Journal of Medicine.
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Most smokers see a physician each year, but few use any assistance when they try to quit. Text messaging programs improve smoking cessation in community and school settings; however, their efficacy in a primary care setting is unclear. The current trial assesses the feasibility and preliminary clinical outcomes of text messaging and mailed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) among smokers in primary care.
Source: Contemporary Clinical Trials - Category: Radiology Authors: Source Type: research
(Natural News) A study reports that acupuncture is as effective as nicotine replacement therapy in helping people stop smoking. The study, which was published in the journal Chest, aimed to assess the efficacy of acupuncture, auricular point pressing, and nicotine replacement therapy on tobacco cessation in the Chinese population. For the study, a team of...
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CONCLUSIONS: Social and familial influences and daily stress have a strong impact on whether a woman feels she can quit smoking during pregnancy. However, in this study, information and advice regarding potential adverse effects of smoking on the foetus, or lack thereof, from health professionals either facilitated cessation of smoking in pregnancy or was a barrier to quitting. Likewise, a lack of awareness from midwives and doctors on smoking cessation strategies, such as nicotine replacement therapy, was a barrier for women. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: The findings indicate that education regarding the adverse effect...
Source: Midwifery - Category: Midwifery Authors: Tags: Midwifery Source Type: research
It’s hard to overstate the dangers of smoking. Nearly 500,000 people die of tobacco-related disease each year in the US. Over the next decade, estimates are that around eight million people will die prematurely worldwide each year due to tobacco use. The list of tobacco-related diseases and conditions is long and growing. It includes: cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke emphysema, bronchitis, and asthma lung and other types of cancer tooth decay weathering of the skin having a low-birthweight baby diabetes eye damage (including cataracts and macular degeneration). And there are others. The poi...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Prevention Smoking cessation Source Type: blogs
International Journal of Prisoner Health, Ahead of Print. Purpose Despite overall reductions in levels of smoking in the UK, rates of offender smoking remain high. In 2016, it was announced that prisons in England and Wales would gradually introduce a smoking ban. The purpose of this paper is to explore offenders ’ perceptions around the upcoming smoking ban. Design/methodology/approach A total of eight focus groups were conducted in four prisons across the North of England. Both smoking and non-smoking offenders participated in the focus groups, and thematic analysis was used to explore the findings. Findings Themes...
Source: International Journal of Prisoner Health - Category: Criminology Source Type: research
For economically disadvantaged smokers, supplementing nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and text messaging support with telephone counseling improved smoking cessation rates, according to astudy inJAMA Internal Medicine. In this trial, 624 smokers were randomly assigned to three 12-week interventions: NRT; NRT plus text messages offering support, coping skills, and motivation; and NRT, text messages, and telephone counseling.
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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