Why Can't People Stop Smoking? Monday 25th April @ 7pm

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you and most smokers say they want to quit – but most fail. Indeed, many in the field suggest that tobacco smoking is more addictive than the addictions to most, if not all, illicit drugs of abuse. This presentation will focus on the reasons why smoking cigarettes is so addictive.

It is widely accepted that nicotine is the primary addictive component of tobacco. However, experimentally, nicotine itself is seems to be only weakly addictive. Thus, there is a conundrum – how can tobacco smoke be so addictive when the drug we blame for causing the addiction is relatively non-addictive?

Join us for this talk by David Balfour which will consider how recent studies have contributed to our understanding of what happens in our bodies to cause addiction to smoking and how they have informed new treatments for tobacco addiction. This FREE talk will be taking place at the award winning Chambers Coffee House and Restaurant will be open before the talk for snacks and drinks, see their website for more information.

This talk is part of our brand new fourth season of Cafe Science Dundee! You can view the whole programme of Cafe Science and Cafe Science Extra talks here.

We have a range of topics and excellent speakers lined up for this season, we hope to see you at a Cafe Science soon!