Teen Nicotine Addiction
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What Does Nicotine Addiction Look Like?
Nicotine addiction can look different from person to person. Even if you only use tobacco once in a while, you can be addicted and can have a hard time quitting.
Some signs of nicotine addiction include:
Cravings, or feeling like you really need to use tobacco.
Going out of your way to get tobacco.
Feeling anxious or irritable if you want to use tobacco but can’t.
Continuing to use tobacco because you find it hard to stop.
When you’re addicted to nicotine, you may experience symptoms of nicotine withdrawal after you stop using tobacco. Craving cigarettes, feeling sad or irritable, or having trouble sleeping are some common symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms are usually strongest in the first week after quitting, but they are only temporary.
Why is Nicotine Dangerous?
Nicotine can lead to addiction, which puts you at risk of becoming a lifelong smoker and exposing you to the many harmful chemicals in tobacco. These chemicals cause cancer and harm almost every organ in your body. Teens are especially sensitive to nicotine’s addictive effects because their brains are still developing and this makes it easier to get hooked. Using nicotine at your age can also rewire your brain to become more easily addicted to other drugs.
Nicotine can have other long-lasting effects on your brain development, making it harder for you to concentrate, learn, and control your impulses.
When you quit smoking, you’ll enjoy benefits like smelling better; a cleaner mouth that doesn’t taste like an ashtray; better skin; and healthier lungs, heart, and brain. Check out how quitting improves almost every part of your body.