Between 60-90% of people with schizophrenia smoke, compared to between 15-24% of the general population. A new study found 40% of those with schizophrenia stopped smoking traditional cigarettes after 12 weeks of switching to e-cigarettes. Researchers also reported a significant number of participants sustained their reduction in smoking or completely stopped smoking at the end of the 12-week study.
Using the Big Five model of personality traits, researchers found smokers were more likely to experience an increase in neuroticism over time. Quitting smoking did not have an impact on altering the negative personality traits.
Pleasant olfactory cues hold promise for helping to curb the urge to smoke in those who are quitting. Exposure to olfactory cues reduced symptoms of cravings, with effects lasting up to five minutes following exposure.
Researchers report allowing smokers to dictate their nicotine intake while trying to quit makes them more likely to succeed. Results suggest most smokers who use nicotine replacement medications can tolerate doses that are four times higher than normally recommended.
Researchers report a person's ability to quit smoking could be influenced by a neural network associated with inhibiting automated behavior.
Researchers have pinpointed why quitting smoking is more difficult for people who are depressed.
A new study reports viewing graphic anti-smoking images on cigarette packs triggers brain activity in areas associated with emotion, memory and decision making.
Researchers discover an enzyme that seeks and destroys nicotine before it hits the brain. The discovery could lead to new therapies to help people quit smoking.
Researchers discovered a part of the brain involved in future behavioral changes, the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex, had greater activation when smokers were exposed to anti-smoking messages with stronger arguments as opposed to weaker arguments.