Cigarette Cravings and the Brain

Within the mind of every smoker trying to quit rages a battle between the higher order functions of the brain wanting to break the habit and the lower order functions screaming for another cigarette (Science Daily, Mar 2007)
Brain scans reveal that there are three specific regions deep within the brain that appear to control dependence on nicotine and craving for cigarettes. These regions play important roles in some of the key motivations for smoking: to calm down when stressed, to achieve pleasure and to help concentration.
“If you can’t calm down, can’t derive pleasure and can’t control yourself or concentrate, then […]