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The Value of Providing Smokers with Free E-Cigarettes: Smoking Reduction and Cessation Associated with the Three-Month Provision to Smokers of a Refillable Tank-Style E-Cigarette

Version 1 : Received: 7 August 2018 / Approved: 7 August 2018 / Online: 7 August 2018 (23:13:29 CEST)

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McKeganey, N.; Miler, J.A.; Haseen, F. The Value of Providing Smokers with Free E-Cigarettes: Smoking Reduction and Cessation Associated with the Three-Month Provision to Smokers of a Refillable Tank-Style E-Cigarette. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1914. McKeganey, N.; Miler, J.A.; Haseen, F. The Value of Providing Smokers with Free E-Cigarettes: Smoking Reduction and Cessation Associated with the Three-Month Provision to Smokers of a Refillable Tank-Style E-Cigarette. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1914.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1914
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15091914

Abstract

Despite the uptake of tobacco smoking declining in the UK, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable poor health and premature death. While improved approaches to smoking cessation are necessary, encouraging and assisting smokers to switch by using substantially less toxic non-tobacco nicotine products may be a possible option. To date few studies have investigated the rates of smoking cessation and smoking reduction associated with the free provision of electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarette) to smokers. In this study the Blu Pro e-cigarette was given to smokers for use in place of tobacco for 90 days. The rates of smoking abstinence and daily smoking patterns were assessed at baseline 30 days, 60 days and 90 days. The response rate was 87%. After 90 days, the complete abstinence rate was 36.5% from 0% at baseline. Frequency of daily smoking reduced from 88.7% to 17.5% (P<0.001) and median consumption of cigarettes/day from 15 to 5 (P<0.001). Median days per month participants smoked also dropped from 30 to 13 after 90-days (P<0.001). On the basis of these results there may be value in smoking cessation services and other services ensuring that smokers are provided with e-cigarettes at zero or minimal costs for at least a short period of time.

Subject Areas

E-cigarettes Smoking Cessation Free Provision

Readers' Comments and Ratings (2)

Comment 1
Received: 27 August 2018
Commenter: Jimmie Shearer
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: Well that's hardly surprising! There's millions of ex smokers now living much healthier lives because of ecigarettes.

Catch up governments.
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Response 1 to Comment 1
Received: 27 August 2018
Commenter: Neil McKeganey
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: Jamie the aim of research is not really to surprise people. In my experience when research findings do surprise people those findings are almost instantly discounted on the basis that the reported results do not correspond to the individual commentators personal experience. Rather the aim of research is to assess and provide the evidence as to what is actually occurring irrespective of whether that evidence confirms or counters personal experience. In this case there will be many who would say that they would have guessed a positive impact without being able to say the scale of that positive impact. Equally there will be others (many others) in many countries who will and are disputing the finding that e-cigarettes can assist smokers in quitting. The evidence from this study and others is available to address that diversity of opinion.
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