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Stop Smoking: Motivations Explored

Information to address the following items is given:

A. Analyze the brain structures and functions associated with the motivation to engage in my selected behavior above.

B. Evaluate the impact of extrinsic and intrinsic factors, including heredity and the environment, on the motivation to engage in smoking

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Below is a suggested outline that you could consider for your paper.

I. Introduction
A. You will probably want to begin your paper with something to catch the readers' attention. Ideas you may consider:
1. Statistics about how many people smoke today.
2. Statistics about the age people start smoking and/or the reasons why they began.
3. Quotes from actual smokers on why they started, if they have tried to quit, how they've tried to quit, what caused them to start smoking, and the like.
4. Here's a couple of websites with some smoking statistics that you might want to use: and
B. Thesis Idea: With all the factors that motivate people to smoke, quitting can be quite a challenge.
C. Thesis Idea # 2: Neurological factors, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation are all obstacles smokers must face when trying to quit.
II. Neurological Factors:
A. Neurons - Brain cells that pass messages via electrical impulses and neurotransmitters (messengers).
B. Nicotine - the main addictive compound in cigarettes
C. Dopamine - a type of neurotransmitter that makes us feel good emotionally and experience pleasure (among other things)
D. When nicotine enters the body, it tricks the neurons into releasing more dopamine than normal into your brain, causing the smoker to feel extreme pleasure and a natural craving to want to repeat this ...

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An outline for a paper on smoking cessation is provided.