In New Zealand was invented one more way to quit smoking
Cigarettes with tobacco that contain almost no nicotine (no-nicotine cigarettes) are sold not in all countries of the world. For example, in New Zealand you cannot buy such. For allowing such cigarettes made of nicotine free tobacco appear on shop shelves government needs grounds. For example, proof that this novelty with filter helps to quit smoking.
Researchers from Oakland University have decided to experiment, results of which, supposedly give chance to smokers to try to quit smoking again and for this time for good.
New Zealand government is interested in reducing expenses on treatment of deceases related to smoking that is why they subsidize various programs of tobacco control.
The most popular method is considered is wearing patches and chewing gums, i.e. replacement therapy. Scientists from University tried to combine it with supplying those who are quitting smoking with cigarettes that have very low nicotine content. They have tried and managed - combined method (cigarettes plus nicotine patch) gave better results than just replacement. It is explained with the fact that approximately half of tobacco dependence has psychological character: smokers get used to fill pauses in life rhythm with smoke, they like to hold cigarette, place it in the mouth, and knead it, light up and so on.
Experiment lasted six weeks. During this time most volunteers lost desire to smoke cigarettes at all because nicotine free cigarettes haven't "filled" them with anything as compared to the patch or chewing gum.
Conclusions of scientists from Oakland look a little bit disputable - as trendy "extra light" cigarettes contain and tar and carbon monoxide that is why they are not less harmful than usual brands of cigarettes, though they don't cause addiction.
For further study of nicotine free cigarettes perspectives in tobacco control New Zealand authorities allocated 5 million USD.