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Unformatted text preview: point of becoming sick of them. More than 30 million persons in the U.S. say that they would like to quit smoking but cannot. One hypothesis to explain this problem is that the smoker craves the effect of the nicotine in the smoke. In a 1988 report, the surgeon general declared nicotine to be an addictive drug comparable to other addictive substances in its ability to induce dependence. The report also called the monetary and human costs far greater than those attributable to cocaine, alcohol, or heroin. Attempts to help persons quit smoking through counseling, participation in support groups, and, for those with a strong physical dependence on nicotine, substitution of chewing gum containing nicotine to lessen withdrawal symptoms. w...
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- Spring '11
- Surgeon General, strong physical dependence