Cigarette-Derived Nicotine is not a Medicine

  title={Cigarette-Derived Nicotine is not a Medicine},
  author={Andrew C. Parrott},
  journal={The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry},
  pages={49 - 55}
  • A. Parrott
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Psychology
  • The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Regular smokers feel better when smoking than not smoking, and empirical studies confirm that nicotine reinstatement relieves feelings of stress, depression and anger. These acute mood changes have led to the belief that cigarette-derived nicotine can provide medicinal benefits for smokers. However, prospective studies of adolescents who take up cigarette smoking find that they report increased levels of anxiety, stress and depression. Furthermore, adults who quit smoking report enduring mood… 

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