Nicotine, Tobacco Use, and the 55th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation
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Tobacco use is a worldwide health problem. As stated by Mackay and Ericksen (2002), “No other consumer product is as dangerous, or kills as many people. Tobacco kills more than AIDS, legal drugs, illegal drugs, road accidents, murder, and suicide combined” (p. 36). Imagine the lives saved, and the amount of pain, emotional suffering, and fiscal burden alleviated, if we could devise approaches that helped current tobacco users quit or remain abstinent, and prevented new smokers from emerging. Although these idealistic goals are worth pursuing, improving cessation rates by only a small fraction or making small gains in preventing people from experimenting with tobacco, would nevertheless translate into significant improvement in the health and well-being of countless thousands worldwide as well as financial savings to employers, government institutions, and the heath care system. Even such small, incremental steps require a concerted and co-ordinated effort by basic scientists, clinical...
KeywordsNicotine Dependence Tobacco User Road Accident Tobacco Dependence Cessation Rate
The Nebraska Symposium on Motivation is supported largely by funds donated in memory of Professor Harry K. Wolfe to the University of Nebraska Foundation by the late Professor Cora L. Friedline. We are grateful to the late Professor Friedline for this bequest and to the University of Nebraska Foundation for continued financial support for the symposium. Additional support comes from the Chancellor Harvey Perlman and the senior administrators of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We also thank Claudia Price-Decker for her continued effort in co-ordinating every aspect of the symposium. The quality and impact of the symposium, and in turn this Volume, would be severely diminished without her tireless work and unparalleled eye for detail. Finally, we thank Matthew Palmatier and the Labbies in the Behavioral Neuropharmacology Laboratory at UNL for all their help.
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