It can be an emotional rollercoaster ride to make that last quit smoking attempt stick. You end up quitting smoking, starting a lung detox, losing your way, then finally falling back into the habit and starting all over again. There are many quit smoking aids, such as gums and patches as well as more drug related alternatives such as Chantix and Zyban. All of these quit assistance products have something in common though – they get expensive over time, and in these days of austerity, a lot of us don’t have a huge amount of money to throw around. For those who have a rough time sticking to a quit attempt and affording all those quit aids, there may be a cheaper alternative around the corner.
Cytosine – An Old Drug Learning New Tricks?
Could it be true that a course of pills that costs just $3.20 a week could improve a smoker’s chance of a successful quit attempt by three times? You bet! According to a British study anyway. According to scientists at University College London, a nicotine substitute naturally found in laburnum seeds called cytosine could become the first stop-smoking treatment that costs less than a packet of cigarettes without government subsidies.
Published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the study involved 740 patients who took cytosine or a placebo (a substitute pill) for a month. Participants taking cytosine were 3.4 times more likely to succeed in their quit attempt than those on the placebo.
“Many smokers can stop without help, but many are addicted and will continue until they die unless they get help,” said lead researcher Robert West, from the Health Behaviour Research Center at University College London in England. “The key feature of this drug is that it is extremely cheap and so affordable by just about anyone in the world who can afford to smoke,” he added. Cytosine, sold as Tabex in former socialist economy countries for four decades, has now been shown to be an effective and safe way of helping smokers quit.
For the estimated 1 billion smokers around the world, Cytosine could finally be an affordable quit aid that helps them break the habit long-term. The next step on the road for quitting smokers will be approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, and once that is achieved, Cytosine could be a cost effective alternative to nicotine gums, patches and drug treatments such as Chantix and Zyban. That is presuming it’s released in the US and other countries at a price relative to its cost to produce.
So something to look forward to, but in the meantime a proper lung cleansing detox will help you breathe easier and help you wean yourself off the smokes!