Why It's Hard to Kick the Smoking Habit


March 17, 2014

In continuing coverage, HealthDay News reports on a new Penn Medicine study published in JAMA Psychiatry that may help explain why smokers have such a tough time quitting. The team, led by Caryn Lerman, PhD, director of the Brain and Behavior Change Program, discovered that nicotine withdrawal weakens brain connections associated with the ability to control cravings for cigarettes. Specifically, smokers have trouble shifting from an inward-focused brain network to one that helps them have more control over their desire for cigarettes. The story was picked up by Philly.com, Health.com, and WebMD.com

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