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Nicotine and tobacco addiction video NIDA

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Video director speaking:

Nicotine Addiction Take 1

Dr. Gaya Dowling speaking:

Boy that smoke is really obnoxious. Do you think that guy knows how bad smoking is for him?

Dr. Redonna Chandler speaking:

Probably. He just thinks the bad stuff won't happen to him.

Did you know that nicotine is one of the most widely used addictive drugs?


60% said that they started smoking before the age of 18.


Dr. Gaya Dowling speaking:

And that's scary because teens respond differently to nicotine than adults do.

And that's why it could be harder for you to quit.


The most commonly abused drug by teens is alcohol, followed by tobacco.


Dr. Redonna Chandler speaking:

Tobacco is powerful stuff. Powerful.

Dr. Gaya Dowling speaking:

And it causes more illness and death than any other drug.

Dr. Redonna Chandler speaking:

Take a drag and nicotine is absorbed in your lung and moves into your bloodstream and it's in your brain in eight seconds.

Dr. Gaya Dowling speaking:

Yeah the first time you smoke it increases the amount of the brain chemical dopamine.

And that's what makes you feel good and want to take the drug again, but if you continue to smoke, it can change your brain and cause addiction.


No single factor determines weather a person will become addicted.


Dr. Redonna Chandler speaking:

Five in the corner pocket.

Dr. Gaya Dowling speaking:

Smoking can harm nearly every organ in the body, your heart, lungs, stomach, you name it.

Dr. Redonna Chandler speaking:

Without it you go into withdrawal affecting your mood, appetite, and concentration.

There's ways to help you quit smoking. Behavioral therapies, the nicotine patch, inhalers, nasal spray, gum.

Dr. Gaya Dowling speaking:

And other medications too.


Scientists are even testing a vaccine that can help you quit for good.


Dr. Redonna Chandler speaking:

So if you want to quit get help from a friend, parent. teacher, coach, or doctor.

Dr. Gaya Dowling speaking:

More information on tobacco and addiction at drugabuse.gov

This page was last updated April 2013