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Describe in detail the brain structures involved in biological as well as behavioral cigarette addiction. In addition to your base answer, use examples to illustrate your answer.

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Let's take a closer at the biological and behavioral components of addiction to smoking cigarettes, which you can draw on for your final copy. I also provided other links to consider.

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1. Describe in detail the brain structures involved in biological as well as behavioral cigarette addiction. In addition to your base answer, use examples to illustrate your answer.

Nicotine is an addictive drug. It causes changes in the brain that make people want to use it more and more, and there are also behavioral elements to the addiction.

For example, Jain & Mukherjeek (2003) investigated the biological basis of nicotine addiction. In cigarette addiction, nicotine is the primary component of tobacco produces reinforcing effects both in humans and animals. The biological (neurochemical, anatomical and molecular basis) of nicotine dependence likens to other drugs of abuse, particularly the psychostimulants. In fact, these authors point out that nicotine has specific acetylcholine receptors in the brain and other organs, and the stimulation of presynaptic acetylcholine receptors increases transmitter release as well as the metabolism. ...

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This solution describes in detail the brain structures involved in biological and behavioral components of cigarette addiction. Examples are provided, as well as other links and references.

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