Could Quitting Cigarettes Be Just a Vaccine Away?

Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine

Ask anyone who's ever given up--or tried to give up--smoking and odds are she'll tell you it's a hard habit to break. It may even feel impossible. So imagine this: a simple vaccine that could stop the smoking habit in its tracks. Pure fantasy, right? Not at all, according to this incredible research...

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Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have developed an actual vaccine that makes the kidneys pump out antibodies that intercept nicotine before it goes anywhere--which means there's no possibility of the smoker getting that rush. That rush, of course, is one of the reasons smoking is so addicting... and what's the point of smoking if you don't get anything out of it?

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So far, the vaccine has been tested solely on mice, but the researchers are hopeful: just one shot has been proven to keep the mice from jonesing for nicotine for the rest of their lives. As the research moves on to human trials, experts are excited by the idea that a single vaccination could be given to children before they're ever tempted to try a cigarette.

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According to Professor Ronald Crystal, an author of the study: "We are very hopeful that this kind of vaccine strategy can finally help the millions of smokers who have tried to stop, exhausting all the methods on the market today, but find their nicotine addiction to be strong enough to overcome these current approaches."

Potentially amazing news for smokers who want to become quitters--and the future of tobacco, really. What do you think? Would you be on board with taking this kind of vaccine (or having your kids do so)?

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