Assessing the Use of Electronic Cigarettes as a Smoking Cessation Intervention
Funded by: NYU-HHC Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Project dates: November 2013 - November 2014
Principal Investigator: Shelley, Donna

New electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDS), often referred to as e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that deliver vaporized nicotine when inhaled. People report using e-cigarettes to help quit smoking and studies of their effects on tobacco withdrawal and craving suggest they may work as smoking cessation aids. However, there is a gap in research on whether e-cigarettes are effective as a cessation intervention. The project will compare nicotine e-cigarettes with placebo cigarettes (that do not contain nicotine) on the following: success in quitting smoking, patterns of e-cigarette use, use of regular cigarettes, nicotine cravings, and nicotine withdrawal. This research will increase understanding regarding the use of e-cigarettes, and their usefulness as a tool in quitting smoking.