What shackles people to cigarettes - Caryn Lerman, PhD, discusses nicotine addiction on WHYY

April 2, 2010


Caryn Lerman, PhD
, a Mary W. Calkins Professor of Psychiatry and deputy director of the Abramson Cancer Center, was quoted in a WHYY Radio story that aired during NPR's "Morning Edition," about why nicotine addiction is so difficult to kick. Despite the research advances and millions of dollars spent by smokers seeking cessation aids like nicotine patches or gum, most smokers still fail when they try to quite. "Somebody who's a chronic smoker has experienced changes in their brain and even wiring in the brain that makes it very difficult to function without nicotine," Lerman says. Read More