Science Questions

Sun, 9th Jan 2005

Part of the show Addiction & Anti-Nicotine Vaccines

Question

Valerie asked:

Does the nicotine vaccine stop the cravings to smoke?

Answer

Probably not. The mechanism works by stopping the effects, and so might actually increase the cravings. The vaccine is probably best used in combination with something that helps with the withdrawal symptoms. However, by stopping the effects, it also helps to break the cycle of reinforcement. Eventually this may lead to people stopping people smoking because it does nothing to help the cravings.

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