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How Addictive Is Nicotine?

How Addictive Is Nicotine?

Most people believe the most common gateway drug is marijuana. However, the drug most long-term addicts use first is nicotine. Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and snuff are among the most addictive substances on earth. Nicotine is often first abused by young people under the age of 18, and it is the cause of premature death in 1 in 5 Americans. (For more information, see the NIDH study at

As the tobacco industry hired expensive marketing and public relations firms to hide the fact that smoking kills, this addictive drug became widely sold across the world. Nicotine has been proven to be addictive—both mentally and physically. Smokers often find themselves standing outside in rain, snow, sleet, or other inclement weather to get that one puff. If you visit patients in the hospital who suffer from lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, and emphysema yet still wish to smoke, you will see how powerful this addiction is.

Smoking and Addiction

Most people are not aware that stronger addictions usually follow a nicotine addiction. For instance, alcoholism and nicotine addiction are very closely related. Many frequent drinkers who also smoke will mention that one habit tends to happen at the same time as the other. For example, your local bar can show you, first hand, how these two habits often occur at the same time.

While not all smokers become drug addicts by any means, it does introduce a very common method of drug use, especially to young smokers. Inhaling smoke to get a feeling of comfort is also used in marijuana use, heroin abuse, opium abuse, meth abuse, and more. When a person becomes accustomed to the slight buzz and perceived comfort of cigarette smoking, it may lead to an increased comfort around other drugs and alcohol.

Beat Nicotine Addiction: Quit Smoking Today

As noted earlier by the NIDH, nicotine users don’t often use nicotine once and then quit. Addiction to nicotine starts fast, and it hits hard. Smokers can testify that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth.

If smoking has impacted your life and your health, please call us today. If you are concerned about losing the quality of your life to stroke or heart attack or you have loved ones for whom you wish to remain alive and healthy, please reach out for addiction help.

Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day to help you and your loved ones overcome addiction, mental health concerns, and more. Call us today.