E-cigarettes offer spark to quitters

Electronic cigarettes are just as good as nicotine patches for helping smokers quit, New Zealand research suggests.

The randomised trial of 657 smokers found e-cigarettes were "modestly effective" for smoking cessation, with 7.3% of people who used them abstinent after six months compared with 5.8% of those who used patches.

More than half the e-cigarette users managed to halve their daily tobacco intake, and they were significantly more likely to stick to the treatment than people who used