A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that mailing people nicotine patches could be an effective way to help people quit smoking.
Researchers conducted a single-blinded, 2-group randomised clinical trial of adult smokers across Canada. Participants who were happy to receive nicotine patches were randomly allocated into two groups. An experimental group of 500 people were sent nicotine patches for five weeks by post, while a control group of 499 people were not given nicotine patches or any other intervention.
Self-reported abstinence rates were significantly higher among participants who were sent nicotine patches compared to those who were not. Over seven per cent from the experimental group reported quitting, while just three per cent of the control group said the same.