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26 May 2018, 01:33 | Melissa Porter
Free Money Helps People Quit Smoking Easier, According To A Study
The groups received either usual care (informational materials and text messages with advice and encouragement); free cessation aids (including nicotine-replacement therapy, prescription medications to help quit and, in the event that those strategies failed, e-cigarettes); free e-cigarettes; a reward of up to $600 plus the free cessation aids detailed above; or a redeemable deposit account of up to $600 plus the free cessation aids. Advertising campaigns and educational programs are aimed at to encourage people to stop smoking.
The New England Journal of Medicine released today the results of the large study, which may appear with major policy implications due to the continuity of the regulation of the e-cigarette consideration by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Over 6000 people participated in the huge trial from whom 1191 were involved actively with the program assigned them to follow individually. In fact, as other studies have shown, they may be doing more harm than good by introducing teens who have never smoked to cigarettes.
"Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, and almost all large employers offer wellness programs aimed at getting people to quit", Scott D. Halpern quoted in a statement.
The study found that overall, only 1.3 percent of participants remained smoke-free for at least six months. The groups offered cash did best; rates among the other groups did not differ much from each other.
"These findings suggest that cannabidiol has promise as a novel treatment for tobacco addiction", said Dr. Tom Freeman, a senior academic fellow at King's College London, who helped conduct the study. Scientists divided the participants into a number of groups.
In fact, Halpern and his team used the results of their study to calculate the cost of each intervention and found that financial rewards were far more cost-effective than e-cigarettes alone: While each successful cessation through e-cigarettes cost roughly $5,400, successful cessations through financial incentives cost only $3,400. "The new study drives forward previous research by showing that even among smokers who are not cherry picked on the basis of their motivation to quit, financial incentives still triple quit rates, whereas offering free conventional cessation aids or free e-cigarettes accomplishes nothing at all". Smoking tobacco cigarettes not only affects one or two of your body parts but many if you look at the studies closer.
Others were critical of the study's methods. The researchers used participants' history of website visits to gauge "engagement" with the program - that is, a demonstrated effort to quit smoking.
One theory is that certain types of lung cancer are more common in women and the risk of them declines more slowly after someone quits, and women have lagged behind men in cessation rates, said Caitlin Murphy of the Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Many smokers relapse in the first and second years of quitting.
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