Nicotine patches won't help you quit, but they might save your brains

People attempting the arduous task of quitting smoking often turn to "nicotine replacement therapies" like patches and gum. These help with the physical aspect of withdrawal and the whole "quitting the actual smoking" part. Well, that's the theory anyway. According to a new study published in the journal Tobacco Control,… » 1/13/12 8:45am 1/13/12 8:45am

Nicotine and alcohol addiction linked to a common enzyme

Cigarettes and booze are either two crippling addictions that often go hand in hand, or two great tastes that taste great together, depending on who you ask. People who have problems with both are often labelled "addictive personalities" but it turns out there might be something in our brain chemistry that ties both of… » 9/16/11 6:40am 9/16/11 6:40am