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Counseling combined with e-cigarettes effective in short-term for smoking cessation


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JAMA
Reuters Health - 11/11/2020 - Smokers may be more successful at cessation when they receive e-cigarettes in addition to counseling compared to counseling alone, a new study suggests. At the halfway point in a 24-week trial, participants who got counseling with e-cigarettes containing nicotine had substantially higher abstinence rates than those who received counseling alone, but the difference diminished by week 24, researchers report in JAMA. Surprisingly, participants who got counseling plus nicotine-free e-cigarettes didn't differ from those getting counseling alone at 12 weeks, but by week 24 they had superior abstinence rates. "It's likely that participants receiving e-cigarettes with nicotine displaced their dependence from conventional cigarettes while they were receiving e-cigarettes," said lead study author Dr. Mark Eisenberg of the divisions of Cardiology and Clinical Epidemiology at Jewish General Hospital/McGill University in Montreal. "Aft...


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