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Why We Crave Coffee and Cigarettes

Lecture no. 6 from the course: The Addictive Brain

Why We Crave Coffee and Cigarettes

Taught by Professor Thad Polk | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

Caffeine and nicotine are two of the most common psychoactive drugs in our society. How do they work? How dangerous are they? After reviewing how each of these drugs affects the brain—and why nicotine in particular is so addictive—Professor Polk offers several strategies to quit tobacco use.

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