There are many products available on the market that are meant to help smokers quit, but how many of them are efficient and how can a doctor recommend the perfect treatment based on personal needs? A recent study shows that a smoker’s personal metabolism can help with quitting smoking.
The researchers that conducted the study said they found out that a slow metabolism could benefit more from using nicotine patches than from pills to stop smoking.
Recent reports show that smoking has gone down considerably in the United States since the 1960s, when smoking hit its peak. At the moment there are approximately 42 million people smoking in the US, including young adults and teenagers.
There are approximately 6 million deaths caused by smoking every year. Worldwide, $200 billion goes to smoking-related health care costs. Also, the study shows that more than 70% of those who smoke and try to quit smoking, give up in the first week. Scientists are constantly trying to find new cessation methods that will help smokers quit.
There are studies that focused on the link between the human metabolism and smoking cessation treatments but none of the studies included varenicicline, a new smoking cessation treatment.
The new study on how to quit smoking based on personal metabolism involved 1,246 smokers who wanted to quit. The researchers tested the metabolism of each participant and based on the results, separated them into two groups: 584 participants had normal metabolisms and 662 participants had slow metabolisms.
The participants were held under treatment for 11 weeks and were given different smoking cessation aids like nicotine patches, varenicicline and placebo pills.
The scientists found that those with a normal metabolism, approximately 40% of those who used varencicline as a smoking cessation treatment had not relapsed, compared to 22% of those who used nicotine patches.
The new findings support the theory that knowing what kind of metabolism a smoker has can help recommend a more efficient smoking cessation treatment. Experts are certain that the treatments are not equally effective for every smoker.
The new study was published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
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