Recently, a new study showed that using e-cigarettes can help pregnant women quit smoking and reduce the risk of low birth weight compared to traditional nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, according to Fox TV.
E-cigarettes more efficient than nicotine patches
Peter Hajek, director of the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London, said:
“E-cigarettes appear to be more effective than nicotine patches in helping pregnant women quit smoking, so they also appear to produce better pregnancy outcomes.”
The researchers studied 1,140 pregnant women who were trying to quit smoking.
Half of the women used e-cigarettes and the other half used nicotine patches. The study showed that the two methods were equal in terms of safety.
The study found that the e-cigarette group had fewer low birth weight babies, which can reduce the risk of health conditions later in life.
The success rate exceeds the nicotine patch by two times
The researchers said this could be because e-cigarettes are more effective at reducing traditional tobacco use.
The women then reported whether they had succeeded in quitting smoking.
Some women succeeded in quitting through unspecified goods, and most women who used nicotine patches did so with their own support.
However, considering only those who succeeded in quitting with the specified treatment, twice as many succeeded in quitting with e-cigarettes as with nicotine patches.
The researchers also considered safety outcomes, including low birth weight, infant intensive care admissions, miscarriages, stillbirths, and preterm births.
The National Institute for Health and Care Research-funded study was published in the NIHR JournalsLibrary.