Can we escape smoking addictions by vaping? Answer coming in four years..
A study will evaluate the effectiveness of the electronic cigarette to stop smoking. Participants will be supported in 11 hospitals and a dispensary, including Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon and Nancy— Franc, for 6 months.
The Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris is launching a national study to evaluate the effectiveness of the electronic cigarette, with or without nicotine, as an aid to smoking cessation, compared to a drug.
In a statement posted on its website, they said that to carry out this study, the doctors seek “a minimum of 650 people smoking at least 10 cigarettes a day, aged 18 to 70 and wishing to quit smoking.”
Participants in the study, called “Ecsmoke”, will be followed for 6 months after stopping smoking in one of the 12 partner centers of the study located in Angers, Caen, Clamart, Clermont-Ferrand, La Rochelle, Lille, Lyon, Nancy, Nîmes, Paris (Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, coordinating center of the study), Poitiers, and Villejuif.
Specialists in smoking cessation will take care of each participating smoker by providing free personal power-adjustable electronic cigarettes like the STIG pod, as well as specific tobacco-flavored liquids (with either 12 mg / ml nicotine or nicotine-free) and varenicline tablets. They will recieve active a stop smoking drug, or placebo version.
Support will also include tips for stopping. Smoking cessation should occur within 7 to 15 days of the start of the study for the participant. A tobacco consultation will take place before the start of treatment and six visits will be scheduled.
Nearly 2 million daily users
In France, it is estimated that there are around 1.7 million daily users of vaping products (e-cigarette – 2016 data), but the exact and detailed knowledge about the effectiveness of these products and the risk associated with their use are lacking. The objective of the Ecsmoke study, promoted by AP-HP, is to answer this question.
The results are expected 4 years after the start of the study, and could help to determine if e-cigarettes can be included in devices approved for weaning.