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How do I know if I am addicted to nicotine?
Because of the fact that drug dependence is distinct from physiological dependency and the fact that addiction to nicotine is not the same as addiction to heroin or cocaine, sometimes it is difficult even for those who smoke to know whether or not they are addicted to tobacco.
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What is “the vicious cycle of addiction to tobacco and nicotine”?
Drug addiction follows a cycle like this: A person experiences discomfort, a sense of distress or pain, whether physical or psychological.
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Are there different “types” of smokers, for example casual smokers versus chain smokers? Are there personalities or physiological differences between types of smokers?
There are both casual smokers and chain smokers. For some, a couple of puffs can lead to an addiction. Some highly addicted smokers find it almost impossible to quit while others can make the decision to quit and never miss it.
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What are the physiological changes taking place during withdrawal?
The brain and the body, like humans, do not take kindly to abrupt changes in their environment. When the body is exposed to small daily changes, it gradually adjusts to those changes through a process known as adaptation.
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How long does it take to become addicted to tobacco?
Historically, researchers believed that it took about two years of regular use before one became tobacco dependent. Regular use has been ill defined, but was generally thought of as daily smoking of even a few cigarettes.