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Tobacco Use Disorder: Diagnosis

Tobacco use is one of the major public health concerns worldwide. Up to half of current tobacco users will ultimately die of a tobacco-related disease. Tobacco use disorder typically develops through a progression from forming perceptions about tobacco, initiating use, experimentation, regular use, and eventually developing an addiction to nicotine. This entry presents the diagnosis of tobacco use disorder.

Diagnostic Criteria

According to the 2013 American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), tobacco use disorder is one of four categories of tobacco-related disorders, along with tobacco withdrawal, other tobacco-induced disorders, and unspecified tobacco-related disorder. The diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder can be applied to tobacco use disorder. A problematic pattern of tobacco use leading to impairment or distress is ...

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