While alcohol depresses the nervous system producing drunkenness, nicotine produces alert dopamine
/ adrenaline intoxication
. It combines perked senses with an unearned dopamine "aaahhh" reward sensation, feelings that bring two-thirds
of first-time youth smokers back again and again until their brains become de-sensitized
to "normal," and they find themselves addicted. Ian wants you to know that nicotine's buzz just isn't worth it. Already up to half-a-pack, his paychecks are smaller, smoking has already given him chronic bronchitis
, and he's tried quitting twice and failed.
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The above photo was taken on November 17, 2005 during the Great American Smokeout at the College of Charleston by John R. Polito. Ian has consented to its use in association with any not-for-profit youth smoking prevention or cessation education effort.