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An injection of genes that make antibodies against nicotine could help millions of smokers kick the habit, scientists believe.
Just one jab could provide life-long protection against nicotine cravings and it could eventually be used to vaccinate children to stop them ever getting hooked.
The ‘genetic vaccine’ has so far been tested only on mice, but research involving people could begin in as little as two years.
The jab contains genes ‘programmed’ to make antibodies that neutralise nicotine before it reaches the brain, where it would normally trigger the pleasurable feelings that underlie addiction.
The theory is that if smokers no longer get such gratification from cigarettes, they will find it easier to quit.
The jab being developed at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York tricks the liver into continuously making antibodies, ensuring there are always some in the blood to fight nicotine.
The research is still at an early stage and the need for large-scale studies means the jab is at least five years from the market.
If it proved to be safe and effective, it could eventually be included in school vaccination programmes to stop youngsters from ever starting to smoke, said Dr Crystal.
Originally posted by Oannes
If we know that ciggarettes are sooooo bad, why do we allow these companies to make them? No ciggarettes, no need for this extra junk. I swear sometimes...
Originally posted by Numbers33four
reply to post by Corruption Exposed
the unintended consequences will be horrific...or are they unintended?