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Cox, Sharon and Dawkins, Lynne and Doshi, Jay and Cameron, James . (2019) Effects of e-cigarettes versus nicotine replacement therapy on short-term smoking abstinence when delivered at a community pharmacy. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 10 (100202)

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC66260...

E-cigarettes (EC) are now the most popular quit aid in England but their effectiveness for cessation if offered at a pharmacy has not been tested. Here we test the effectiveness of offering an e-cigarette with and without nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) on 4-6-week quit rates in adult smokers seeking support from a community pharmacy. A between subject, six-week, prospective, cohort design. 115 smokers (female = 74; age = 46.37,  = 13.56) chose either an EC, EC + NRT or NRT alone, alongside standard behavioural support. Smokers opting for an EC alone or an EC + NRT were more likely to report complete abstinence from smoking at 4-6 weeks (62.2% and 61.5% respectively) compared to NRT alone (34.8%). An EC intervention was significantly more effective for smoking cessation than NRT in this community pharmacy. The results for e-cigarettes appear positive but with the caveat that participants chose their own products which may have introduced bias.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Tobacco
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:December 2019
Page Range:p. 100202
Volume:10
Number:100202
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Subjects:B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking) > Nicotine product (e-cigarette / vaping)
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Cessation of substance use
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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