Monday, 12 November 2007

Nicotine vaccine may help smokers quit the habit, Part 2

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After reporting on this story a few days ago, I asked a friend of mine about his feelings on taking a shot to get rid of the "nicotine buzz" that is what makes smoking cigarettes so satisfying.

Basically, the new shot counteracts the nicotine ingested by a smoker and separates the act of smoking from the pleasure it provides. Would this actually help some smokers quit? My friend indicated that there would be a possibility, but that there is more to the equation than nicotine.

Smoking can be a shared social activity that does not take into consideration the addictive effects of nicotine. With that connection broken by a shot in the arm, would make people still smoke? My friend says yes, unequivocally. What do you think?

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