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Is nicotine addictive?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
Nicotine is extremely addictive. In fact, it is as addicting as heroin. It is 1000 times more addictive than alcohol and 5-10 times as addictive as cocaine. It has the ability to act as both a stimulant and tranquilizer. It acts as an appetite suppressant and a mood enhancer. Because of all these things it can do, it is easy to see how someone could become addicted. Unfortunately, cigarettes are deadly.

Smoking greatly increases the risk of developing lung and head and neck cancers along with many others.  It also increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, emphysema, dementia, gum disease and peripheral vascular disease. Not to mention it causes wrinkling of the skin especially of the face.

Unfortunately, it is really hard to quit smoking due to the fact that it is so highly addictive. That is why it is so important to avoid smoking and never start. If you do smoke it is important to quit. If you relapse, take heart. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed.
 

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