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What role does dopamine really play in tobacco addiction?

Chiamulera, C; West, RJ; (2018) What role does dopamine really play in tobacco addiction? [Editorial comment]. Addiction , 113 (8) pp. 1379-1380. 10.1111/add.14235. Green open access

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Abstract

A prevailing narrative explaining tobacco addiction is thatuptake of nicotine in the brain causes dopamine release in thenucleus accumbens which rewards the behaviour that led toit. However, evidence suggests that in this and otheraddictive disorders a more nuanced and multi-level model isrequired that recognizes how dopamine interacts with otherparts of a complex system to maintain maladaptivebehaviour patterns.

Type: Article
Title: What role does dopamine really play in tobacco addiction?
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/add.14235
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/add.14235
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Addiction, dopamine, nicotine, smoking, smoking cessation, tobacco
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10049867
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