Sunday, May 15, 2005
A Vaccine For Smokers
Most adult smokers in the US report that they would like to quit, but the vast majority of attempts to quit fail. Some pharmaceutical agents, including non-smoking sources of nicotine like patches or gum, seem to be effective in helping some people give up smoking. But now progress is being made on a nicotine vaccine. Vaccinated people have compounds in their bloodstream that quickly bind to nicotine, hindering the transport of nicotine to the brain, and thereby removing the "reward" from smoking.
Last month, Vice Squad noted the progress of an alcohol vaccine. One of the concerns about the development of these vaccines is that parents or the government might force teenagers to undergo vaccination. See this earlier Vice Squad post for some other concerns.