A new vaccine could help you kick your smoking habit1,385 views
ANYONE who has tried to quit smoking can vouch for how hard it is.
You can slap on patch after patch, and chew all the nicotine gum in the world, but at the end of the day, nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to man.
But if you’re one of the 75 per cent who go back to lighting up within six months, we have good news.
The vaccine works to train a smoker’s body to attack nicotine molecules before they reach the brain, thus minimising their effect.
While previous trials of this proved unsuccessful, they found that smokers who produced the highest levels of anti-nicotine antibodies were most likely to pass the six-month mark without relapsing.
Testing on mice, they found that they showed a “severely blunted” response to nicotine following the vaccine’s effects.
They also found that these mice had lower concentrations of nicotine in their brains.
Ultimately the formula still needs revision before it can be ready for potential clinical trials, but this is certainly a positive step forward. It could also open the door to the idea of using a vaccine to treat other addictions.
TIPS FOR QUITTING SMOKING
● Decide on a quit date and stick to it. Make it sooner rather than later.
● Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit. Any time you’re tempted to smoke, refer to this list.
● Plan ahead for situations in which you may be tempted to smoke, such as parties or nights out drinking. Try to avoid these situations in the early stages of your quitting schedule.
● Throw away all cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters.
● If your family member(s) or partner smokes, encourage them to stop too, or smoke away from you.
● Do not skip meals.
● If you’ve got a friend who smokes, vow to quit together. You can share your feelings and motivate each other.
● Reward yourself! For every milestone that you get through without smoking, treat yourself to a nice meal out, or a massage. You deserve it.
● If you do relapse, it’s not the end of the world. It can take many, many attempts to finally quit for good. Reflect on what led you to light up again, and try to avoid that situation on your next attempt.