A vaccine could help kick your smoking habit

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A Vaccine Could Help Kick Your Smoking Habit

If you're trying to quit smoking, get rid of the gum and pitch the patch!

A vaccine to help you kick the habit could be on the way.

Scientists at the Scripps Institute in California say their anti-smoking vaccine delays the effects of nicotine by increasing the numbers of antibodies that attach to nicotine molecules.

People trying to kick the habit generally use nicotine patches and gum, but they don't always work.

Other drugs that target nicotinic receptors which help people quit smoking have been shown to have some nasty side effects such as mood swings and depression.

In order to avoid these, researchers attempted to target the nicotine molecule itself.

Although two trials failed, they led researchers in the right direction.

Those trials found that people who produced the most anti-nicotine antibodies were the most likely to stay away from smoking for six months or more.

Scientists are testing the newest vaccine on mice and have found that the vaccine delayed the effects of the nicotine within 10 minutes after injection and those treated also had lower levels of nicotine in their brains overall.

Though the vaccine is not quite ready for humans yet, researchers are working to get it ready for more trials.

Who knows, in the future you may be able to take a shot to put out that butt for good!

Related: Learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke:

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Severe asthma attacks and respiratory infections in infants and young children

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Heart disease in adults.

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Sudden infant death syndrome has been attributed to secondhand smoke.

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Increased risk of a heart attack.

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