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Nicotine Plays on Emotions

Study finds substance affects mood of smokers, nonsmokers differently

TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Nonsmokers experience negative emotions when given a laboratory dose of nicotine, while smokers feel a sense of satisfaction, says a University of Pittsburgh study in the current issue of Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

The study, which examined links between nicotine and mood, also found that ex-smokers felt more energized than others after receiving a nicotine dose, and that nonsmokers experienced more of a "head rush" than the others.

The 93 people in the study were asked to rate their feeling on 23 measures of emotion after they were given a dose of nicotine. Those 23 measures were then grouped into five major categories.

The researchers say this kind of scale may help researchers better understand the link between the emotional effects of nicotine and individual genetic, personality or sensation-seeking traits.

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SOURCE: Health Behaviour News Service, news release, Jan. 8, 2004
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