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Understanding Nicotine Addiction: Exploring Tolerance, Adrenaline, Health Effects, and Solutions


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Question: What is tolerance, and how does it drive a nicotine addiction? Define adrenaline. How does nicotine affect adrenaline and the body? How can tobacco use affect appearance? Which chemical does nicotine cause the brain to release, leading to a pleasurable sensation? Why are teens especially sensitive to the effects of nicotine? Describe how tar affects the lungs. Why is it difficult for scientists to study the long-term effects of inhaling the chemicals contained in vaping aerosol? Why is it misleading to say that the chemical flavorings in e-liquids are generally recognized as safe (GRAS)? Why is it difficult to eliminate thirdhand smoke and aerosol? What is one commonly used nicotine replacement strategy?

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1. Tolerance refers to the diminishing effect of a drug on the body after continuous or repeated exposure. In the case of nicotine, the brain develops tolerance by desensitizing the nicotine receptors, resulting in the need for increasing amounts of nicotine to achieve the same pleasurable effect. This drives nicotine addiction as the user continually seeks the initial intensity of pleasure. 2. Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is a hormone and neurotransmitter that triggers the body's 'fight-or-flight' response. Nicotine stimulates the release of adrenaline, causing an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate. It also stimulates glucose release, providing the body with extra energy. 3. Tobacco use can significantly affect a person’s appearance. It causes premature aging of the skin, yellowing of the teeth and skin, and can lead to hair thinning. It also increases the risk for gum disease. 4. Nicotine causes the brain to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for a pleasurable and rewarding feeling. 5. Teens are especially sensitive to the effects of nicotine because their brains are still developing, specifically the parts involved with attention, learning, mood, and impulse control. Exposure to nicotine can disrupt the growth of these circuits, leading to lasting cognitive and behavioral impairments. 6. Tar, a by-product of burning tobacco, coats the airways and the lungs when inhaled. It can damage cilia, the hair-like structures that help to remove foreign substances from the lungs, leading to infections, lung disease, and lung cancer. 7. It's difficult for scientists to study the long-term effects of inhaling the chemicals in vaping aerosol because e-cigarettes have only been widely used for a relatively short time. Additionally, the variety and changeability of e-cigarette devices and the liquids used in them complicate these investigations. 8. The GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for chemicals in e-liquids can be misleading because it applies to ingestion (eating), not to inhalation. A substance that's safe to eat is not necessarily safe to inhale. 9. Thirdhand smoke and aerosol is difficult to eliminate because it clings and accumulates on surfaces over time and can react with other pollutants to create new toxic compounds. Since it's not airborne, it's not removed by ventilation. 10. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is a commonly used strategy for combating nicotine addiction. It works by providing controlled amounts of nicotine to alleviate withdrawal symptoms during the initial period of quit attempt. Forms of NRT include nicotine patches, gums, lozenges, inhalers, and nasal sprays.

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March 20, 2024, 8:29 a.m.

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Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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