Nicotine Addiction

Posted By: Staff | Mar 26 2014

The use of tobacco products may be the Nation’s most critical public health problem. It is, in fact, addiction to nicotine that is at the root of this enormous health, social, and financial burden. ... Smokeless tobacco products such as snuff and chewing tobacco also contain many toxins as well as high levels of nicotine. ... Nicotine is addictive. Most smokers use tobacco regularly because they are addicted to nicotine. Addiction is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and use, even in the face of negative health consequences, and tobacco use certainly fits the description. It is well documented that most smokers identify tobacco as harmful and express a desire to reduce or stop using it, and nearly 35 million of them make a serious attempt to quit each year. Unfortunately, less than 7 percent of those who try to quit on their own achieve more than 1 year of abstinence; most relapse within a few days of attempting to quit.

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