University Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (11): 115-120.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202006033

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"Confession" from Nicotine

Yuhan Wu1, Jinxin Guo2,*()   

  1. 1 School of Basic Medical Sciences, Shandong University, Jinan 250012, P. R. China
    2 College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, P. R. China
  • Received:2020-06-08 Accepted:2020-07-20 Published:2020-08-12
  • Contact: Jinxin Guo


This is a piece of confession made by Nicotine where its molecular structure and some physiological functions are introduced. The toxicity of Nicotine on human body has been revealed, based on an authentic suicide case. Combined with medical knowledge, the process of Nicotine intoxication, the mechanism of smoking addition and Nicotine's negative effect on human body, have been presented. Ultimately non-smoking advice is suggested for the sake of human health.

Key words: Nicotine, Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), Smoking, Acute Nicotine intoxication, Addition