News that I found interesting, possible Nicotine vaccine

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    Jul 01, 2012 2:46 AM GMT

    http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/06/28/mouse-study-may-lead-to-new-vaccine-for-nicotine-addiction/40783.html

    This = awesome

    I used to smoke a pack a day and now i'm down to a pack every 3 days. Quiting is a bitch, but to be immune to begin with; would've saved me a lot of money.
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    Jul 01, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    I quit smoking about 8 years ago. I still do sometimes when I am out drinking, which is luckily a rare occurrence, but I did quit by using nicotine lozenges and gum and continue to do that to this day. Chewing on a piece as I type this. If it were covered my insurance, that would save me money because this gum ain't cheap.
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    Jul 01, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    When I quit, I was smoking, honest to God, three packs a day. It took me many, many attempts to quit but with patches, gum, and a nasal spray I finally got off the damned things. Now I kinda know what druggies go through.
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    Jul 01, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    Yeah - it wold be good - I started smoking at age 13 and continued until age 30 - I quit 13 years ago using the Zyban product (antidepressant derived)

    I was a total space cadet for about 4 weeks but I haven't had a smoke since.

    I heard that some guys became suicidal on it and many had reactions which were awful - but it worked for me and I'm grateful
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    Jul 01, 2012 1:53 PM GMT
    Yeah a guy in work told me about this. Man I wish it were available right now because my ass needs to quit dat shit pronto !
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    Jul 01, 2012 2:11 PM GMT
    I smoked for 30 years......took Chantix for 2 months....stopped smoking 6 months ago. I do get the urge to buy a pack once in a while, but I know I'll be back to smoking on a regular basis if I do give in. It's the same as potato chips...I love them, but as long as I don't buy them, they aren't coming home with me....icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 01, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    I could believe that some people have a natural immunity to nicotine, because my late father & I both appear(ed) to have it. And that it may be possible to induce that immunity in others, by something like a vaccine.

    Shortly after I enlisted in the Army I tried to take up smoking, age 20. Smoking in the Army was all around me in 1969, everyone did it, there were even cigarettes issued to us in our C-ration boxes. I was very much a conformist in those days, didn't want to be the odd-man-out who didn't smoke.

    But after nearly a year of trying I still found it unpleasant, and never did get hooked. I considered it an expensive chore to smoke (even at Army tax-free prices, but then I made so little), and so I simply stopped. And there were no withdrawals, no change in me at all, no effort or difficulty whatsoever.

    And my Father had been the same way when he stopped cold-turkey in the late 1950s, too. He'd smoked because of peer pressure like me, as he told me himself, and simple habit, a cigarette being a kind of man's fashion accessory back then. But he read about cancer and other health warnings, already being sounded that long ago, so he decided to quit, and did overnight. My Mother, on the other hand, was seriously addicted, and never could quit, even with my Father and doctors trying to help her.

    So I can believe there is some component, genetic or whatever, that allows certain people to resist nicotine addiction. And I hope research shows a way to create that same immunity in everyone who wishes to quit smoking.