In September 2018 researchers from the USA and Canada published the results of their study to assess the feasibility and acceptability of e-cigarettes, compared to nicotine patch, for smoking cessation. 10 individuals used a nicotine patch and 20 the e-cigarette. Both sets of individuals were given a free 6-week supply in a tapering dose. In addition, all individuals received counselling, a brochure on smoking cessation, and referral to the California Smokers’ Helpline. Results showed that smoking cessation was similar in both groups and satisfaction with the product was also similar. Spirometry appeared to have improved 8-weeks after starting e-cigarettes compared to nicotine patch, but this could possibly have been due to worse spirometry at the start of the study and a greater smoking reduction in the e-cigarette group. Further research is required.
Lee SM et al. E-cigarettes versus nicotine patches for perioperative smoking cessation: a pilot randomized trial. PeerJ. 2018 Sep 28;6:e5609