People who smoke are at a much higher risk for developing respiratory problems, circulatory problems such as stroke and heart attack, and a number of different cancers. Most people who smoke tobacco have a good understanding of its detrimental effects, but struggle with quitting. Withdrawal from nicotine can be difficult, and symptoms may include headaches, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, constipation or diarrhea, increased hunger, and even depression.

What You Should Know:

  • With so many options available now for alternate forms of nicotine, many people find themselves unexpectedly addicted.
  • Temptation these days can come in many forms: Vaporizers, e-cigarettes, nicotine gum, patches, chew, all of these can lead to a severe addiction.
  • Many of these items are marketed to teens and tweens, who may not have a strongly developed ability to resist.

If you or someone you know wants to stop using tobacco or treat their nicotine addiction, it is important to get help from a doctor. The Control Center has many programs to help patients overcome the most difficult part of quitting nicotine.

Nicotine Addiction: Past and Present Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US); National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (US); Office on Smoking and Health (US): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US); 2010.