How Nicotine Works Term Paper by scribbler

An exploration of the psychological and physiological addictive aspects of nicotine.
# 152307 | 1,553 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 24, 2013 in Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs) , Medical and Health (General) , Biology (General)

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This paper details what exactly nicotine is, its composition and how it works in the body. The paper explores the short-term and long-term effects of nicotine and describes how it significantly influences the brain. The paper shows how nicotine has both psychological and physiological addictive aspects that make it the most addictive legal stimulant available today.

From the Paper:

"Over the world, nicotine tops the list of substances that are most addictive leading heroine, cocaine and alcohol. The reason for this indicates why tobacco remains an easy addictive substance across the world assisted by its wide distributions thus being readily at the disposal of many people. As a legal substance, there are many ways through which nicotine can be ingested mostly being through smoking and chewing tobacco substances. Statistics indicate that over the world there are approximately 1.2 billion smokers who mostly acquire the smoking habit in their teen ages and as they continue smoking, they become more addicted such that they cannot quit the behavior hence smoking for life (The Good Drug Gide, 2010). For this reason, there is a wide variety of consequences ranging from the short-term to long-term effects that come with nicotine addiction. For instance, excessive consumption of nicotine can cause cancer of the lungs and mouth, heart disorders, stroke, and even emphysema just to mention a few dire consequences (The Good Drug Gide, 2010). Despite debate existing whether nicotine tops the list of the most addictive substances, its consequences are worse compared to the benefits of its consumption. Nicotine has both psychological and physiological addictive aspects that make it the most addictive legal stimulant available today."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • O'Connell, A. M. (2008, October 30). How nicotine works. Retrieved from
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  • The Good Drug Guide. (2010, January 12). The six most addictive substances on earth. Retrieved from most-addictive-substances-on-earth/
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