Can brain damage help you quit smoking?

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According to New Scientist online, a little brain damage might go a long way with smokers trying to quit. Scientists at the University of Southern California in LA were intrigued by a heavy smoker (40 cigarettes a day) who immediately lost the urge to light up once his insula was damaged. In follow-up studies, 70% of smokers with damage to that tiny part of the brain also managed to kick the habit with ease. While the research is all positive, the hope is that in the future surgeons will be able to tamper with the insula to ease addicts away from their vices without experiencing any withdrawal syndromes.
Read more here at New Scientist.

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