The phenomenon of Internet addiction is emerging as a possible new behavioral addiction with the increasing popularity of Internet use. This thesis reviews recent scientific research about Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) and examines the neurological correlates of IAD with substance abuse disorders (such as drug abuse) and the question of whether IAD should be recognized as a unique disorder. China is used as a case study because of IAD's recognition as a public health issue. In addition, many of its unique social and political policies (censorship and one child policy) provide an interesting perspective to the debate.
In 1964, the Surgeon General’s Report presented the first government publication linking cigarette consumption and health consequences such as lung cancer. 15 years later in 1979, the Surgeon General’s Report disclosed the first evidence on the addictive qualities of nicotine. These publications successfully decreased cigarette consumption rates, but there is still work to be done. This study examines the factors that lead to cigarette consumption with the desire to find a lead that will further decrease consumption. Using the Rational Addiction Model, data from the last five decades is tested to find the significance of the different factors that affect consumption. The primary goal of our paper was to see if changes in price could have a substantial effect on consumption. Our results suggest that cigarette consumption rates can be decreased through further price increases as well as more frequent reports by the Surgeon General.