Want to quit smoking? There’s good news for you buddy.
You can find out the best strategy for successfully giving up smoking after a simple blood test. Wait don’t go to the pathologist yet because it is still yet to be implemented. Because though the research carried out by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions in the US and Canada, which was Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Abramson Cancer Center, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, and Pennsylvania Department of Health it is going to take some more time for the strategy to gain a full set of guidelines. Till then you can continue smoking, I guess.
News about the research and relevant findings was reported by various UK media including BBC. The study relating the research appeared in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet.
The objective of this randomised controlled trial was to find out a biological marker that could help in finding out the most appropriate technique for quitting smoking for specific persons.
The study was conducted over 1246 smokers and came to the conclusion that through calculating nicotine-metabolite ratio (NMR) it is quite possible to successfully find out the best strategy for stopping smoking. Here NMR refers to the measure at which the nicotine breaks down within the blood of the smokers.
Researchers focused on the point whether smokers with slow and normal NMR responds variously or differently to the available methods for stopping smoking. And it was revealed that they actually responded differently. Thus pointing to the fact that with a normal blood test it is now possible to find out the best method for individual smokers.
The researchers tested smokers and divided them into two groups of slow and normal NMR. Then the smokers were randomized to an 11 week treatment plan of a placebo, nicotine patches or the stop smoking drug varenicline. All treatments were given in addition to behavioural counselling.
Overall, they found that varenicline was more effective at helping a “normal metaboliser” to quit than patches. For slower metabolisers, there was no difference in the effectiveness of the two treatments, but they tended to get more side effects with varenicline.
However a follow up on the smokers involved in the experiment revealed that a significant number of them again started smoking within 6-12 weeks after. This reveals that no matter what the approach you take. You may get out of the habit but only for a time being. But please don’t lose hope cause still there are a quite a few successful quitters among them and around us.
Moreover there are plenty of options out there for you, the smokers, to try such as- skin patches, chewing gum, inhalators, which look like plastic cigarettes through which nicotine is inhaled, tablets, strips and lozenges, which you put under your tongue, nasal spray, mouth spray etc. So what if one didn’t work; another may do it. So never stop trying. Because the decision to quitting smoking is the heaviest and most important decision one can take to improve health and wellbeing.