Odds of Quitting Smoking Affected by Genetics

A new study conducted by the collaborative efforts of several departments under the National Institute of Health umbrella recently concluded that genetics play an important role in how easily an individual can stop smoking. Research helped identify the genes or groups of genes that contribute to an individual’s dependence on nicotine. Volunteers in the study who were identified as high risk for nicotine dependence were able to abstain from tobacco use when they were given effective medication to help combat their cravings. Those volunteers considered low risk were able to give up tobacco without the use of nicotine-replacement medication.


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