Scientists have uncovered a clue that may help smokers quit the habit – but what works best, all depends on your genes.
Dr Kõks says this means current quitting methods need correction and different people require personalised support systems.
“Smokers have different biochemical networks or genes that maintain their nicotine dependence, so we need different approaches for different groups of people,” Dr Kõks said.
“This personalised support would increase the efficiency of the attempts to quit smoking, which is currently notoriously low.
“It is estimated that 70 per cent of smokers would like to quit but they don’t.”
Dr Kõks says tobacco kills more than 20 000 Australians every year and one in every seven deaths is caused by smoking.
He says this simple and avoidable change will dramatically increase life expectancy.
“Smokers lives are 10 years shorter than non-smokers,” Dr Kõks says.
“After quitting smoking for five years this difference is gone.”
“We know from evidence that the most effective way to quit smoking is with a combination of behavioural supp
ort and stop smoking medications,” Ms Jardine says.
Ms Jardine said more needed to be done to reach an acceptable standard of smoking.
“Australia needs more evidence-based action to continue the decline in smoking,” said Ms Jardine.