Fake Cigarettes Increase Success Rate For Quitting Smoking

Nicotine-free plastic inhalers may increase a smoker’s chance of quitting, according to new research published online today in the European Respiratory Journal.

This study is the first to assess the effectiveness of using a nicotine-free inhaler to help stop smoking.

The research, which was carried out by scientists at the Università di Catania in Italy, analysed 120 people who were enrolled in a programme to help them quit smoking.

Nicotine-free plastic inhaler

Nicotine-free plastic inhaler

The participants were split into two groups, with one group receiving the plastic inhalers as a treatment, and the other group following the usual programme.

The researchers also used questionnaires to determine a person’s physical and behavioural dependence on cigarettes. After 24 weeks, the participants were asked if they had successfully quit smoking.

Whilst there wasn’t a significant difference in the quit rates of both groups overall, people who continue to smoke due to the addictive habit and ritual process of ‘lighting up’ had a much higher success rate when using the inhaler.

People who were identified as being heavily dependent on the behavioural pattern of smoking had a quit rate of 66.7% in the group using the inhalers, compared with 19.2% in the other group.

Professor Riccardo Polosa, Director of the University Institute of Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology at the University of Catania in Italy, said: “By showing a clear predictive association between the measure of behavioural dependence and relapse, our study is the first to reveal that the concept of behavioural addiction can be exploited as a useful clinical tool for many smokers willing to quit. This will open up a potentially novel area of research in smoking cessation.”

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