Vaccine to Stop Smoking

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As the world progresses into the 21st century, advanced scientific research and processes have helped take huge strides in the medical world. Most diseases which were considered to be fatal in the past century or had at one time near epidemic status, can now be prevented with something as simple as a vaccine shot. Similarly, in recent times, researchers have developed vaccine for smoking- a habit which is increasingly being looked upon as a trigger for other dangerous illnesses including lung cancer.

The stop smoking vaccine works much like the stop smoking patch. It reduces the nicotine cravings in smokers gradually and ultimately makes tobacco less than desirable. The vaccine consists of a protein which attracts and antibody response to any nicotine present in the body. In turn, the antibodies that are produced, bind themselves to the nicotine and prevent it from traveling to the brain. Therefore, without the addictive high of the nicotine, the urge to smoke gradually recedes. The vaccine is administered in several doses, the first meaning to prepare the immune system. The following doses trains the system to produce antibodies to fight nicotine addiction and bar it from traveling to the brain.

While the stop smoking vaccine may well be the most revolutionary method to quit smoke- it may take some time to come to the world markets, with research being conducted by various medical firms and individual research teams simultaneously. Some side effects have been recorded including redness and tenderness around the area injected and also flu like symptoms.

However, given the potential of the project and the scope of the vaccine as already witnessed by test volunteers, the vaccine could very well become the most popular anti smoking method. Research teams like that of Dr. Jacques Cornuz of University Hospital Lausanne have uncovered significant results. 57% of smokers who received the vaccine and subsequently produced high levels of antibodies gave up smoking completely for an average period of six months. Alternatively, 33% of those who achieved lower levels of antibodies also managed to quit smoking.

The importance of the vaccine has also prompted the Food and Drug Administration to grant the vaccine a fast track status; in other words give it an immediate review. It's biggest benefit is the effectiveness of the vaccine. While it cannot guarantee prevention of a relapse, the time period for which it promises to subdue the urge to smoke is quite considerable. Nicotine addiction fighting methods coupled with the vaccine however, could possibly help attain more lasting results.

However, since there may be an uncertain wait period till the vaccine reaches countries around the world, the best way to quit smoking is to rely on more traditional methods including pre-existing medical tools such as the patch or the inhaler along with a comprehensive counseling session.

After all, before one can hope for recovery, one must sincerely wish to be purged of the vice with sufficient amount of inner strength and will power.