Smoking is one of those serious addictions that people have a hard time letting go of. Even after they quit, most relapse within a week or so.
Meanwhile, some people actually succeed in giving smoking up, either by the sheer power of their will or by using a smoking cessation substance, like nicotine replacement patches or gums.
A new study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine Journal reveals why some people successfully quit smoking while others fail to do so.
In the research paper, scientists argue that each cigarette smoker has a different metabolism for breaking down nicotine – the main and highly addictive ingredient used in tobacco products.
For the study, University of Pennsylvania gathered 1,246 volunteers who had just quit smoking. They randomly assigned each volunteer with one of the three available smoking cessation methods: placebo (pills and patch), nicotine patch or champix (varenicline). Behavioral counseling was also given to these participants.
The volunteers were followed up for 12 months after their quitting date. The researchers also collected every individual’s blood sample to determine the rate of nicotine break down in their system.
Researchers found that varenicline works better than nicotine patch for people with normal metabolism. However, people with slower metabolism garnered the similar result from all the drugs, but they showed some side-effects to varenicline.
To put it simply, smokers with low metabolism would find it easy to kick their habit through nicotine replacement patches or placebo, while others with comparatively higher metabolism would have to use varenicline to treat their addiction.
Let’s hope that active smokers would bring this study to use and save their respiratory organs by letting go of their addiction.
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