Is nicotine getting a bad rap?

By Margo White In Health

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25th February, 2012
Nicotine is a chemical compound found naturally in the tobacco plant, and widely assumed to be responsible for people’s addiction to cigarette smoking. Yet nicotine is only one of 4000 different chemicals in tobacco smoke, many of which have yet to be characterised. The Listener interviewed Katie Brennan from Victoria University’s School of Psychology, whose research interests include behavioural pharmacology and drug addiction, and found that nicotine is not as guilty as often charged. How does nicotine affect the brain? Nicotine reaches the brain between ...

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