QPP in partnership with the University of Queensland are currently completing a small Brisbane-based clinical trial of nicotine containing e-cigarettes as a quit smoking aid. This study is now closed for new participants and we look forward to sharing the results with you later in the year. However, a larger trial is expected to start in 2018 and will be open to PLHIV who smoke and want to quit in QLD, NSW, Victoria and SA. If you would like to be contacted about the study next year when recruitment starts, please register your details with the UQ team here http://bit.ly/2kQrQ4q
Meantime, for PLHIV in Queensland, QPP continues to reimburse costs of quitting therapies, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Also, in light of emerging evidence of the benefits in harm-reduction obtained through electronic cigarettes (being 95% less harmful than cigarette tobacco), we will also support partial 50% reimbursement of the hardware items for these products (excluding e-liquid). Conditions Apply – contact QPP for more details and to obtain a reimbursement application form.