Nicotine addiction is when a person becomes dependent on nicotine. Being dependent means there is a physical change in how your body reacts to a substance. Your body will also have a reaction when you stop using the substance. Nicotine can be found in tobacco products such as cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, cigars, or pipes.
Tobacco use is also associated with several serious health conditions, such as:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis
- Cancer, like cancers of the larynx (voice box), oral cavity, throat, esophagus, lung, and colon
- Heart disease
- Increased risk of stillbirth, infant death, low birth weight, miscarriage, premature delivery, or sudden infant death syndrome
- Shorter life span
- Problems if you have surgery
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Nicotine addition can be treated, often with a combination of therapies.
Last reviewedJanuary 2015by Michael Woods, MD
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