Magazine article USA TODAY

Smoking Enhances Other Experiences

Magazine article USA TODAY

Smoking Enhances Other Experiences

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There may be a very good reason why coffee and cigarettes often seem to go hand in hand. Research suggests that nicotine's power may be in how it enhances other day-to-day experiences. For a smoker who enjoys having coffee, the nicotine may make a cup of joe even better--and that may explain why smoking is so hard to quit.

"Individuals have very regimented things they do when they smoke," notes Matthew Palmatier, assistant professor of psychology at Kansas State University, Manhattan. "If you think about where people smoke or who they smoke with, you realize that it occurs in very specific places, often with a specific group of people. Maybe it's a reason why nicotine is so addictive--if you get used to having that extra satisfaction from things you normally enjoy, not having nicotine could reduce the enjoyment in a given activity.

"People may not be smoking to obtain a pleasurable drug state; they may be smoking in order to regulate their mood, and that effect could make nicotine more addictive than other drugs. …

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