Quitting smoking? Read this first.

January 14th, 2015

Researchers from University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania can tell whether smokers will fare better with nicotine patch or varenicline pills

Michael Kennedy

If you’re trying to quit smoking, new research from the University of Toronto suggests the first thing you need to understand is your DNA.

“In this new trial, we’ve shown that it is possible to optimize quit rates for smokers, while minimizing side effects, by selecting treatment based on whether people break down nicotine slowly or normally,” said Dr. Rachel Tyndale, a professor of pharmacology & toxicology and psychiatry at U of T and a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute.

 

Cigarettes photo by Włodi via Flickr

photo by Włodi via Flickr