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E-cigarettes with high nicotine concentration may help schizophrenia patients to quit smoking

According to the US Health Information website, on March 16, A study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research showed that e-cigarettes with high nicotine concentration have the potential to help patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders quit or reduce smoking.

The study was led by the research team of Dr. Pascal Capnetto of the University of Catania, Italy, and aimed to assess whether the smoking behavior of smokers with schizophrenia spectrum disorder can be determined by high nicotine content. Concentration of electronic cigarettes to control.

The research team provided 40 participants who did not intend to quit smoking with e-cigarettes containing 5% nicotine for 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, 16 participants (40%) successfully quit smoking; 37 participants (92.5%) reported a 50% reduction in quitting or smoking, and the average number of cigarettes smoked per day was reduced from 25 to 6 , A reduction of 75%.

The research team stated: “It is estimated that 60%-90% of patients with schizophrenia smoke, and this proportion of the total population is 15%-24%, which exacerbates the high morbidity and mortality of this population. Most patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders are still smoking, so there is an urgent need for other effective and effective interventions to reduce or prevent morbidity and mortality.”

This study shows that adults who smoke and do not want to quit can prove that cigarette consumption is significantly reduced without causing obvious side effects if they provide a new generation of electronic cigarettes with high nicotine content.

However, some doctors said that the effectiveness of e-cigarettes has not been proven. Therefore, rather than e-cigarettes, you should go to the smoking cessation clinic of a hospital or health center for regular consultation, and use smoking cessation drugs and smoking cessation patches. Trying to quit smoking via the Internet is a good thing. “

Source
Eurekalert

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