AucklandUniversity is carrying out a study into the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as a quit-smoking aid, according to a TVNZ story.
More than 650 people are participating in the study comparing electronic cigarettes with the commonly-used nicotine patch.
Participant, Luis Paraha, who was said to have twice previously tried to quit, believes she has cracked the problem by combining exercise with electronic cigarettes.
“I just used the e-cigarette and then three weeks later, that was it – stopped,” she told ONE News.
University of Auckland researcher, Chris Bullen, said bodies such as the World Health Organization were asking what to do about the devices, but no-one had the answers because no-one had done a study until now.