Money’s better than e-cigs or nicotine gum at helping smokers quit, study says

Giving smokers free electronic cigarettes may not help them kick the habit, according to new research. What helps is giving them money instead.

For a study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers gave over 6,000 smokers different tools to quit smoking, like free nicotine patches, motivational texts, free e-cigarettes, and free medication or e-cigs plus a total of $600. Overall, only 1.3 percent of smokers had quit after six months. Those who received money fared much better, while e-cigs and medication alone didn’t really help people stay smoke-free.

Although the number of Americans who smoke cigarettes is going down, smoking is still the number one…

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