- Nicotine- Stimulates dopamine production in areas of the brain to increase triggers of reward systems, stimulates receptors in the limbic system
- Health Outcomes- Can result in higher BP, can lead to heart disease, increases risk of cancer
- Cigarette smoking is responsible for 1/6 deaths everyday
25-30% of US adults reg use some form of tobacco
Rate of use has been dropping over the last two decades.
Nicotine considered highly addictive, more so than
many other drugs.
Treated with behavioral programs and nicotine replacement therapy
Nasal spray, patch, chewing gum
Many falsely believe that it is nicotine that is the health hazard, rather than tar and other byproducts of tobacco consumption
nicotine alone is about as dangerous as caffeine