August 30, 2010

Custom-tailored Quitting Technique for Smokers

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Gum, the patch, even hypnosis have been used to help smokers kick the habit. But, a test measuring smokers' mouth level exposure may have the potential for developing a personalized quitting approach for those who are still smoking.

The test measures mainstream smoke deliveries of select chemicals that a smoker consumes on a per cigarette basis. This provides a much more accurate estimate of exposure than ever before.

The test may eventually allow for examining a smoker's daily cigarette-to-cigarette consumption and developing a custom quitting approach based on that individual's smoking patterns. The new method may also be helpful in better understanding the health risks of cigarettes with different levels of tar and nicotine.

"Cessation rates for smoking are generally poor so that any improvement may substantially increase quit rates." Dr. Watson, a chemist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, was quoted as saying.

SOURCE: 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society