Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Brain Imaging Studies Give New Insights into Cigarette Craving

January
2009

Three brain imaging studies by Dr. Arthur Brody focusing on nicotine craving have highlighted the importance of the activation of brain circuits that focus attention and regulate emotion to resist cravings, that cravings can be reduced by filling nicotine receptors in the brain, and of the many chemicals contained in tobacco smoke, only nicotine can fill these receptors in the brain.