Smoking & Addiction

Smoking is an addiction, and the primary drug you are addicted to if you smoke is nicotine.

Nicotine addiction keeps you smoking longer, and the longer you smoke, the more damage you do to your body.

The design and contents of cigarettes make them more attractive and addictive than ever before. Today's cigarettes deliver more nicotine more quickly from the lungs to the heart and brain.

When you try to quit, you may have withdrawal symptoms because of the addiction. These symptoms may include irritability, trouble paying attention, sleep problems, increased appetite, and powerful cravings for tobacco. These symptoms may begin within a few hours after the last cigarette.

Your health care provider can help you manage these symptoms and improve your chances to quit.