Caffeine and nicotine are two of the most common psychoactive drugs in our society. How do they work? How dangerous are they? After reviewing how each of these drugs affects the brain - and why nicotine in particular is so addictive - Professor Polk offers several strategies to quit tobacco use.
Each year, over 500 billion cups of coffee are served. Reconsider this popular drink and its relationship with world history. Along the way, you'll explore the ways coffee is harvested, how caffeine works on your body and mind, popular ways to drink coffee, and the origins of the free-trade movement.
Even today, many teenagers and adults do not understand that nicotine and caffeine are highly addictive substances. This program addresses the major health risks associated with smoking tobacco and drinking caffeinated beverages, with a special emphasis on lung cancer and other smoking-related conditions. The attractiveness of tobacco and caffeine in American culture is also explored, highlighting the roles of advertising and peer pressure in promoting cigarettes and coffee. (29 minutes)
Source: Films on Demand