Has Science finally found a way to cure the addiction of smoking? There is a new vaccine!
NicVax causes the immune system to create antibodies that bond with the nicotine molecule if it enters the bloodstream. The result is a molecule too large to pass along to the brain. In short, the vaccine seeks to make the body immune to nicotine.
If smokers can't get a buzz from lighting up a cigarette, the thinking goes, there's no reason for them to continue the habit. Since the antibodies created by NicVax stay in the body for a long period of time, the chances of a smoker quickly returning to the habit are low.
I have a few questions about this. I am not particularly averse to quitting (although God knows I certainly don't need another twenty pounds on my already overburdened frame), but assuming the thing works, will it really stop me from smoking even if I'm not getting that nicotine buzz? I mean, what am I going to do with my hands? How will I cure the boredom of standing on line for the bus? What excuse will I use to get away from people at parties? I think this is may wind up offering more problems than actual solutions.