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How do I know if I am addicted to nicotine?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Do you smoke, chew, or use tobacco products in any other way?  Then you are addicted.  The other way is throw away the cigarettes or chew, or whatever, and see if you can go without them with no consequence and no problems and cravings for a long period of time.  Try it for a week at a time.  If you can go a week at a time without needing nicotine, you are no longer addicted and you might as well quit smoking, or chewing, or whatever way you are getting tobacco.

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