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05/29/2006 05:46 AM ID: 54574 Permalink   

One Cigarette Leads to 3 Years of Cravings


A new study released in the publication Tobacco Control, says that smoking only one cigarette can lead to cravings three or more years later. This "sleeper effect" causes the urges to lie dormant until the appropriate trigger comes along.

The researchers claim that the nicotine from just one cigarette can change the reward pathway in the brain. Others say much of it has to do with breaking down social barriers teens come against with smoking.

The survey was conducted in London area schools, where students ages 11 to 16 were questioned. 14% of 11-year-olds admitted to experimenting with cigarettes in 2004. This group was found to be twice as likely to take up smoking by age 14.

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I remember coughing and throwing up. No craving.
  by: walter3ca   05/29/2006 10:37 AM     
Few controls, few test subjects, little research as far as i'm concerned this is a lame duck.
  by: splicer   05/29/2006 04:30 PM     
is plenty for a survey.
  by: thebackwardsman   05/29/2006 05:51 PM     
We only crave something when our mental state says we want it. Those that get rid of that state of mentality will avoid cravings all together.

For example, have you ever hurled right after you ate/drank something you liked before and then afterwards had a negative association to that food/drink? The same can be said of when a spouse is found to be cheating and then the person is hurt so much a divorce is wanted. Same concept, just put a negative association to something and you will steer clear of it and vise versa for something positive. Simplicity at its finest, yet it can be hard to do.
  by: banshee9898     05/30/2006 03:39 AM     
I agree with splicer.

the article says "They said it was possible that nicotine from just one cigarette COULD change the "reward pathway" in the brain - whereby chemicals are released which make you think you enjoy something."

COULD change... there is no neurological evidence to this, just speculation. The same thing can be said about chocolate, caffine, anything that you might use as a pick up when you feel you need it. Maybe that is why sometimes we crave things like spicey food, or pie.

I'm having a crappy day, I think I will go get a strawberry shake.

  by: whisper   05/30/2006 03:39 AM     
Cravings can be biochemical/hormonal as well - for example xanthine derivative drugs such as morphine, cocaine, caffeine etc all cause changes in the brain's biochemistry leading to two effects - physical adaption and addiction. Adaption has an additional affect of requiring an increased 'hit' to achieve the same 'high', while addiction induces a craving that this 'high' be achieved.
  by: lauriesman     05/30/2006 03:57 AM     
I agree, such a change in brain chemistry resulting in pleasure falls under the positive association category in respect to the mind.
  by: banshee9898     05/30/2006 04:13 AM     
  Bad Cigs  
Of all the things I tried cigarettes were the worst in every category possible. It tasted like ash, I hated it, I could not understand how can people suck on it. The next day I was craving for another one and had to make a conscious decision not to smoke them. Nothing ever had that effect on although I did not try crack or heroin so can someone with more experience speak up?
  by: kmazzawi     05/30/2006 04:47 AM     
Cocaine and morphine are not xanthine derivatives. Not that it really changes your point, but cocaine and morphine having nothing to do with xanthine, while they do have the effects you described.
  by: reverend j roach     05/30/2006 08:32 AM     
Great idea for a business. People can pay you and I, they will come in, start doing what they want to stop, and we will shoot them in the face with a gun, cheeney style.

Negative association accomplished.
  by: RoBBoB     05/30/2006 02:37 PM     
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