Public Invited to Take Part in Ground-Breaking Ecigs Research

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The Leicester Stop Smoking Service has been chosen as one of three test centres for a ground-breaking study on ecigs and is looking for 250 volunteers to be involved.

The research, which is being conducted by the Queen Mary University of London, will compare the effectiveness of ecigs to nicotine replacement therapy in helping people to become smoke-free.

Any smoker over the age of 18 can participate – as long as they do not have a preference about whether they are given an e-cigarette or nicotine replacement therapy – and they are not currently using either to aid them in quitting.

Recruitment has now begun and will continue over the next 12 months.

The Leicester Service was the first in the country to adopt an ‘ecig friendly’ approach, with multiple services now following suit.

It is hoped the results of this study will provide further evidence of the effectiveness of ecigs.

Service Manager Louise Ross said: “We are delighted and proud to be one of the test sites.

“This study will add to our body of knowledge around e-cigarettes.

“Those joining will see a Stop Smoking advisor weekly for six weeks, and will get some very valuable help throughout.

“They will be doing something great for their health and will also be adding to the knowledge the whole world will have about effective ways to stop smoking.”

If you are interested in being involved, please get in touch via 0116 454 4000 or stop@leicester.gov.uk