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New anti smoking drug launched

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 11, 2008

Snubbing out that cigarette could become easier for smokers, with the launch of a new anti-smoking drug that helps to wean smokers off their nicotine addiction.

Developed by pharmaceutical firm, Pfizer, specially for smoking cessation, the drug Champix (varenicline), is a non-nicotine agent, which the company claims is the first new anti-smoking treatment here in nearly ten years.

Champix works by blocking nicotine receptors in the brain to relieve nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It also cut down on the feeling of pleasure the smoker has when he inhales.

Nicotine addiction is usually cited as the main stumbling block for those who wish to quit smoking. (story)

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