Effects of e-cigarettes versus nicotine replacement therapy on short-term smoking abstinence when delivered at a community pharmacy

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Cox, S, Dawkins, L, Dosh, J and Cameron, J (2019). Effects of e-cigarettes versus nicotine replacement therapy on short-term smoking abstinence when delivered at a community pharmacy. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 10.
AuthorsCox, S, Dawkins, L, Dosh, J and Cameron, J
Abstract

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 phar- macy. A between subject, six-week, prospective, cohort design. 115 smokers (female=74; M age=46.37, SD = 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 4–6weeks (62.2% and 61.5% respectively) compared to NRT alone (34.8%). An EC intervention was sig- nificantly more effective for smoking cessation than NRT in this community pharmacy. The results for e-ci- garettes appear positive but with the caveat that participants chose their own products which may have in- troduced bias.

Keywordse-cigarettes; smoking cessation; pharmacy; nicotine
Year2019
JournalAddictive Behaviors Reports
Journal citation10
PublisherElsevier
ISSN2352-8532
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.abrep.2019.100202
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Print03 Jul 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Jul 2019
Accepted01 Jul 2019
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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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