How to Quit Smoking: The New Science


No matter how much smokers are nagged, they will not quit smoking. New studies show smokers will not quit unless they want to do so.


In addition, some people find it easier to quit than others. According to the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, a nerve network called “Insula” regulates cravings and communicates this information. These result in cues. Upon seeing a cigarette or smelling smoke some people have stronger urges to light up than others.

In order to test this hypothesis, MRIs were run on a group of eighty-five smokers who smoked more than ten cigarettes a day. The group was then randomly assigned. Half smoked their regular brand and half were given low-nicotine cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy.

At the end of one month both groups were told to stop smoking. All were given nicotine replacement therapy for a period of ten weeks.

The ones who started to smoke again tended to have lower activity in their insula and more specifically between the insula and other motor areas. The members of both groups who succeeded in kicking the habit had more robust insula areas.

There was no appreciable difference between people who smoked only ten cigarettes a day and those who smoked a lot more.

Is there any difference between one form of nicotine cessation and another? E-cigarettes have recently received a lot of positive press about their painless and effective way to get smokers to quit. However, The according to a group of government experts this is not the case. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force states that drug-based methods of kicking the smoking habit are more effective than e-cigarettes. They have said that the evidence that e-cigarettes are an effective method of quitting smoking isn’t sufficient for anyone to say conclusively that they are the answer. Their group is presently exploring programs that combine behavior modification and e-cigarettes. Behavior modification programs included: support groups and counseling sessions. Test subjects included adults and pregnant women. Their data so far supports use of drugs that address nicotine’s effects, nicotine replacement programs and behavioral interventions.

Whether or not e-cigarettes prove effective, their popularity is obvious. Electronic cigarettes have been chosen over nicotine gums and patches, says a new study from Kantar Media. E-cigarettes have rapidly become industry netting over $2 billion. E-cigarettes have shaken up the pharmaceutical industry with their huge popularity.