Nicotine - Research Article from Drugs and Controlled Substances Information for Students

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Nicotine

OFFICIAL NAMES: Nicotine, tobacco

STREET NAMES: Cigarettes, pipes, cigars, bidis (beedies), kreteks (clove cigarettes), spit tobacco (spit), chewing tobacco (chew), snuff

DRUG CLASSIFICATIONS: Not scheduled, stimulant

Overview

Addictive Characteristics of Nicotine

Nicotine meets the criteria for causing chemical dependence with the following characteristics:

  • Users can exhibit tolerance, which is when additional amounts of nicotine are required to produce an effect.
  • A great deal of time may be spent using nicotine (such as leaving work for cigarette breaks), and it is usually taken in larger amounts or over longer periods of time than was intended.
  • Users may have a persistent desire for nicotine (craving) and unsuccessful attempts to cut down or control its use.
  • Nicotine causes withdrawal symptoms, and its ingestion may continue despite knowledge of the harm it causes.
  • Daily tobacco use becomes compulsive, repetitive, and imperative.
  • The user avoids withdrawal symptoms and experiences the rewards...

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