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Tobacco Use as Nicotine Addiction
Tobacco use as nicotine addiction

I'd rather give up heroin than smokes.

—Anonymous client, Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, 1988

The terms addicts and addiction have a secure place in the popular culture. When we talk of television junkies, jogging nuts, drug addicts, compulsive gamblers, chocoholics, obsessive Net surfers, or alcoholics, we make some use of the concept of addiction. The term addiction has never applied just to drug use. In fact, although the Oxford English Dictionary (Murray, Bradley, Craigre, & Onions, 1933) records that the label was applied to wine and tobacco consumption in the 18th century, it also cites the use of the terms addicted and addiction to describe the compulsion to dance, read, obtain money, and preserve virginity. Thus, for ...

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