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Nicotine Addiction - Smoking
Brain Region Thinner In Smokers
MRIs show smokers have a thinner medial orbito-frontal cortex than non-smokers.
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Virtual Reality Helps Addicts Prepare for Cravings
Can resisting temptation in the virtual world help addicts say no in reality? University of Houston Associate Professor of Social Work Patrick Bordnick is has alcohol-dependent individuals donning virtual reality helmets to answer this question.
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Smoking Greatly Increases Risk of Depression
Smokers are far more likely to suffer from depression than non-smokers shows new research from Spain's University of Navarra and University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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One in Five Teens Smokes
A new survey of teenagers by German researchers show that one in five teens and preteens smokes cigarettes. The study examined more than 7000 adolescents and their parents. Results showed that 20.5 percent of boys and 20.3 percent of girls smoked.
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PsychBriefs: March 16-22, 2008
Attractive women want it all While the qualities men look for in potential mates vary little with their own attractiveness, women calibrate their wants based on their own desirability.
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Counseling and Free Nicotine Patches Double Rates of Smoking Cessation
Just five phone counseling sessions and two weeks of free nicotine patches doubled the rate of people who successfully quit smoking in a trial program in Portland, Ore. In an experiment, 4614 callers to the Oregon Tobacco Quitline were offered either one 1...
PsychBriefs: September 30-October 6, 2007
More Evidence for Influence of Cinematic Smoking A study of 1,528 adults age 18 to 25 highlights the impact of on-screen smoking on young adults. Comparing subjects' exposure to smoking in films over the past 30 days to rates of smoking, investigators found...
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Studies on Smoking are Summer Blockbusters in Their Own Right
As blockbusters begin to hit the movie theaters, a trio of separate studies regarding smoking and cinema have been released this first month of summer shedding light on both the suggestive power of seeing big screen heroes light up and the ineffectiveness o...
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Study: Short Walks Reduce Cigarette Cravings as Well as Nicotine Patch
Craving a smoke? Take a walk, say researchers. And it doesn't even have to be a long one--just five minutes of exercise has been found to dramatically reduce the intensity of cigarette cravings, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction. ...
Do R-Rated Films Make Teens Smoke?
A new study says yes--but only in the case of white adolescents. The study, published in the March issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, interviewed non-smoking teens in 2002 on how much television they watched, the films they had seen t...
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Smokers Who Cut Back More Likely to Quit
Going cold turkey isn't the only road to kicking the habit, a review published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research reports. Analyzing 19 studies on smoking reduction, University of Vermont researchers found that reducing the number of cigarettes smoked and ad...
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Study Finds Nicotine Withdrawal Starts Within First Half-Hour
A study published in Psychopharmacology has shown that increased nicotine cravings in smokers begin with in thirty minutes after smoking the last cigarette. The study divided 50 pack-a-day smokers into two groups, the first of which was allowed to smoke at...
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