Respiratory: A review of nicotine dependence and pharmacological interventions

There is an undisputed worldwide consensus on the inherent dangers of smoking with tobacco use having gained the dubious mantle of the leading cause of preventable death in the majority of developed countries.

In an exhaustive review of current literature, leading author Dr Katherine Brennan, Environmental Science and Research Ltd, New Zealand, aimed to examine the role of specific nicotinic receptors in the development of nicotine dependence allowing an evaluation of the three main pharmacological smoking cessation treatments with action on nicotinic receptors.

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