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Smoking Gene Fallout
Reactions from the news of a new discovery of a smoking gene are starting to trickle in, and people are not so thrilled. How can people talk friends and loved ones into quitting smoking when they can easily argue that smoking is in their genes and they are powerless against it?
Plus, these gene discoveries won’t stop tobacco companies from making cigarettes, and researchers have said they believe this will aid in finding better treatments for lung cancer, not for smoking cessation. So does this discovery really do anything to help people better understand a smoking addiction?
Again, this research is pretty fresh and no one knows how it could be used in the future to help people quit smoking. But maybe more attention needs to be paid to research from people like Bankole Johnson, M.D., from the University of Maryland, who believes that people can quit smoking by retraining their brains. [The Daily Star]