E-cigarettes can help smokers with schizophrenia reduce tobacco smoking

Subjects ” Neurobehavioral disorders

HealthDay News – High Strength Nicotine Electronic Cigarettes May Help People With Schizophrenia Disorders To Quit Smoking or Reduce Smoking. This is according to a study published online March 16 in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Pasquale Caponnetto, Ph.D., of the University of Catania in Italy, and colleagues evaluated the feasibility of using a new generation high strength nicotine e-cigarette to modify smoking behavior in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorder who smoke cigarettes. Forty participants who had no intention of quitting received a 12-week delivery of a JUUL e-cigarette loaded with a 5 percent nicotine cup. Smoking cessation was assessed at week 12.

16 participants (40 percent) had stopped smoking after 12 weeks. Overall, the researchers observed a sustained 50 percent reduction in smoking or abstinence from smoking and a 75 percent reduction in the median number of cigarettes smoked per day (from 25 to six) in 37 of 40 participants (92.5 percent).

“Given that most people with schizophrenia disorders continue to smoke, alternative and efficient measures to reduce or prevent morbidity and mortality are urgently needed,” the authors write.

PAX Labs provided JUUL with e-cigarette kits and pads free of charge.

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