Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


University of Otago trial takes help directly to smokers

University of Otago trial takes help directly to smokers

A novel trial which offers smokers the chance to try nicotine replacement therapy on the spur of the moment as they go about their daily lives has started in Wellington.

The University of Otago Wellington trial will offer smokers the chance to sample a range of nicotine replacement therapies under the guidance of an expert coach at shopping malls and other public spaces, so they can experience first-hand how enjoyable and effective they are.

Lead researcher Dr Brent Caldwell says the trial will enable smokers to easily experience first-hand the benefits of nicotine replacement therapy and become more confident in their ability to quit smoking.

Smokers will be given a free sample pack of the therapies that they like which they can use over the next week regardless of whether they want to quit, or are just curious and want to see how things go, Dr Caldwell says.

“Our idea is that providing readily accessible assistance in a wide variety of community settings will reduce any delay between a smoker’s thoughts of quitting and them doing something about it.”

Smokers will be given regular follow-up support to keep using nicotine replacement therapy to try to quit smoking.

“Most smokers would like to quit, but they often put off trying because they feel overwhelmed with how hard it is. If smokers get the chance to use nicotine replacement therapy in an ideal way, and feel their urge evaporate, they become much more confidence in their ability to quit.”

Most smokers quit “cold turkey” without the assistance of nicotine replacement therapy, and are only half as likely to remain smokefree a year later compared to those who use nicotine replacement therapy, Dr Caldwell says.

The new trial addresses two barriers to smokers’ use of nicotine replacement therapy: negative perceptions about nicotine replacement therapy, and access to nicotine replacement therapy, he says.

“There are many reasons people don’t seek conventional help, including having used the services before without success, or to avoid being asked to pay an outstanding doctors bill, not currently thinking about quitting, or thinking nicotine replacement therapy is dangerous.”

The trial is an exciting new approach because it gives smokers a chance to experience the helpful effects of nicotine replacement therapy, without having to sign up to setting a quit date, which they might not be ready to do, he says.

“Giving smokers the chance to try nicotine replacement therapy, and experience how enjoyable it is, will encourage them to use it and double their chances of quitting.

“It’s a totally non-judgmental, liberating, and empowering way to engage with smokers.”

Smokers are being invited to take part in the study by attending a nicotine replacement therapy stall at Queensgate Shopping Mall in Lower Hutt. This has been set up at Queensgate this week. Stalls will open at North City Mall in February, and in the Palmerston North and Manawatu area in March.

The trial has been funded by the Ministry of Health Innovation Fund to help New Zealand achieve the smokefree nation goal by 2025.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Our Fresh Water: Monitoring Report Confirms Serious Challenges For Rivers

• nitrogen levels are getting worse at 55 percent and getting better at 28 percent of monitored river sites across New Zealand • phosphorus levels are getting better at 42 percent and getting worse at 25 percent of monitored river sites across New Zealand More>>

ALSO:

Stats: Wind And Geothermal Emerge As Significant Sources Of Energy

Geothermal’s contribution to New Zealand’s total renewable energy generation increased from 11.5 percent in 2007 to 21 percent in 2015.... The value of wind jumped from $238 million (2 percent of total renewable energy generation) in 2007 to $884 million (6 percent) in 2015. More>>

Errors Found: Electricity Authority Dumps Transmission Pricing Modelling

The Electricity Authority is ditching the cost-benefit analysis at the heart of its controversial attempt to find a new way to divide up costs for the national grid after finding an expanding range of serious computational errors in the work by Australian consultancy Oakley Greenwood. More>>

ALSO:

New Record: Migrant Arrivals At 129,500 A Year

Annual net migration has been steadily increasing since 2012. "This was mainly due to the rising number of migrant arrivals to New Zealand," population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said. "Fewer migrant departures also contributed to the increase in net migration." More>>

ALSO:

Launched: NASA's Super Pressure Balloon Takes Flight From NZ

NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 (6:50 p.m. April 24 in U.S. Eastern Time), on a mission designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere's mid-latitude band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news