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Nicotine abuse

German: Nikotinabusus

1 Definition

Nicotine abuse denotes the abuse of nicotine to satisfy nicotine addiction. The term is partially deceptive, since it implies that nicotine might be consumed without, or with only little, injury to health. In a strict sense, however, every use (inhalation of smoke fumes, whiffing or snorting) of substances containing nicotine must be regarded as abuse due to its high potential for addiction.

2 Forms

The most important forms of nicotine abuse are:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Cigar smoking
  • Pipe smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Snuff

In chronic application, each of these forms triggers, besides the toxic effects of nicotine, specific damages to health caused by their form of application.

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