Nicotine Addiction

  • Most smokers are dependent on nicotine. Smokeless tobacco use can also lead to nicotine dependence.
  • Nicotine dependence is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United States.
  • Research suggests that nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol.
  • Examples of nicotine withdrawal symptoms include irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, restlessness, and increased appetite.
  • Quitting tobacco use is difficult and may require multiple attempts.
  • FDA-approved medications that can reduce the withdrawal symptoms that may occur with a quit attempt are available.
  • For more information regarding FDA-approved medications, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or speak with your health care provider.

Quitting takes hard work and a lot of effort, but you can quit smoking.

Good Reasons for Quitting

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you will ever do:

  • You will live longer and live better.

  • Quitting will lower your chance of having a heart attack, stroke, or cancer.

  • If you are pregnant, quitting smoking will improve your chances of having a healthy baby.

  • The people you live with, especially your children, will be healthier.

  • You will have extra money to spend on things other than cigarettes.

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