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Who is at risk for a nicotine addiction?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your risk for nicotine addiction depends on many factors, and some people may be more vulnerable to addiction than others. People who have psychiatric problems are at high risk. These are people with mood disorders that include depression and anxiety, and those with conduct, defiant, and attention disorders.

You risk of addiction also depends on the way your body reacts to nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive, and some people are more susceptible to its effects than others. People who study addiction also suspect there is a genetic link, much like that of alcoholism or drug abuse. This genetic link alone my increase the risk for nicotine dependence. You might have a higher risk for nicotine addiction if your parents smoked, and especially if your mother smoked more than a pack a day while she was pregnant with you.
Anyone who smokes cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, chews tobacco or nicotine gum, or wears the transdermal nicotine patch is at risk for nicotine addiction. Some of the signs of addiction according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders include a need to increase the amount of nicotine used to achieve the desired effect, experiencing withdrawal symptoms, or using nicotine to prevent withdrawal, unsuccessfully attempting to cut down or control the use of nicotine, and continuing to use nicotine despite having persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problems related to or made worse by the nicotine.
 
Irwin Isaacs
Psychology
Any person that smokes.
Robert S. Kaufmann, MD
Internal Medicine

Anybody that smokes a cigarette.  Once you get exposed to nicotine either from you smoking or second hand smoke you become at risk for addiction.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Anyone who uses anything relating to nicotine can get a nicotine addiction.

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