A Magical Anti-Smoking Vaccine Sounds Awesome. A Magical Anti-Smoking Vaccine Doesn't ExistCasey Chan7/19/11 9:12am80EditPromoteGo to permalinkNixVAX was supposed to be this magical vaccine that helped smokers kick the habit. Awesome, right? Yeah! Too bad it doesn't work. In testing NicVAX, researchers found that it performed no different than a placebo. As in, it did nothing.