Addiction & Anti-Nicotine Vaccines
Today's guests include Dr Campbell Bunce, from Xenova, who joins us to talk about vaccines to prevent nicotine and cocaine addiction, Cambridge University's Prof. Barry Everitt, who works on the brain mechanisms of addiction, and Prof. Lawrence Whalley, from the University of Aberdeen, who has been looking into how smoking can dimish brain power as you age. Also joining us on the show is Prof. Mark Griffiths, from Nottingham Trent University, the UK's only professor of gambling addiction, who asks whether gambling can genuinely be considered an addiction, like nicotine or heroin.
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Is the smoking vaccine safe in conjunction with things like anti-depressants?
I'm an ex-smoker. Every so often I get a dream that I'm smoking and think that it's ok. Is that normal?
Does the nicotine vaccine stop the cravings to smoke?
Are fizzy and sweet drinks addictive?
Nicorette gum has helped me to give up smoking. What happens if I get addicted to the gum?!
In the Western world we seem more addicted to food than anything else. Cigarettes seem to suppress hunger, and this appears to be a big attraction, especially for young women.