For my independent project, I will be testing the impact of cigarettes on the social interaction between flies. I will also be testing to see what method of quitting is better - weaning off or going cold turkey. To test these two ideas, I will be creating 4 groups of flies, a control group, a weaning group which will slowly lower have their intake of cigarettes reduced, a “Cold Turkey” group which will quit cigarettes after a few days and a constant smoking group, which will smoke throughout the entire experiment. I’m doing this project because I have a lotta family members who smoke and I am sure that some research I do on flies will change their mind...jk!!
As of right now, I believe that the “Cold Turkey” group will struggle immediately after they quit smoking, due to withdraw. I believe, after the first few days of withdraw, they will become very interactive again. And go back to normal by the end of the experiment. For the weaning off group, however, I believe they will still be slightly more anxious than the ‘Cold Turkey’ flies. I say this because the “Cold Turkey” group has had more time to overcome their withdrawal. By this I mean, the “Cold Turkey” group will have about a week with no cigarettes in their food, while the weaning group will only have 2 days. These are just predictions but I am incredibly excited to see how this will turn out.