Saving Our Legacy:
african americans for smoke-free safe places
Tobacco & Addiction
Most people try smoking out of curiosity, to look “cool” or to fit in. What keeps people smoking is the addiction to nicotine. Nicotine is found in cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, blunts and other tobacco products.
Nicotine changes how a person’s brain works. It frees dopamine, which is the body’s own “feel good” drug. Once a person smokes, they get excited because of dopamine and want to repeat that feeling. They have to keep smoking to keep that feeling. Over time, they have to smoke more and more, but get less and less of that feeling.
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