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By Hanan Frenk, Reuven Dar (auth.)

Nicotine is nearly universally believed to be the most important issue that motivates smoking and impedes cessation. experts reminiscent of the health practitioner normal of the us and the Royal collage of Physicians within the united kingdom have declared that nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine. This ebook is a critique of the nicotine dependancy speculation, in response to a severe evaluation of the examine literature that purports to end up that nicotine is as addictive drug. The evaluate is predicated on a re-assessment of greater than seven hundred articles and books in this topic, together with animal and human experimental experiences, results of `nicotine alternative therapies', and lots of different correct assets. This assessment concludes that on current proof, there's each cause to reject the widely authorised thought that nicotine has an enormous function in cigarette smoking. A serious exam of the standards for drug habit demonstrates that none of those standards is met through nicotine, and that it truly is more likely that nicotine in truth limits instead of allows smoking.

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This point has been acknowledged 10 in the DSM-IV . In describing Opioid Dependence, for example, it notes that “Persons with Opioid Dependence tend to develop such regular patterns of compulsive drug use... (p. ” The rituals that accompany the use of habitual drugs play an important part in maintaining the habit; in fact, eliminating them can sometimes cause 478 an addiction to lose its appeal . In heroin addiction, powerful components of the experience are not only the rite of self-injection but the overall lifestyle involved in the pursuit and use of the drug.

In addition, an ‘addict’ was defined as suffering from occupational and social impairment as a result of his substance use. The substance tended to become the focal point of the addict’s life, pushing other things such as job and family to the periphery664. Obviously, these criteria had to be changed drastically to accommodate nicotine addiction. In 1988, the Surgeon General 665 therefore redefined ‘addiction’ by proposing three sets of criteria. Below, we discuss these criteria in some detail.

1 we did not include data on prescribed drugs (sedatives and hypnotics), as the fact that they are prescribed means that at least some of the people who take these drugs do not choose to consume them. 29 3. Habitual drug use lose any specificity it still possesses – but some of them undoubtedly are. By which criteria can we distinguish between those who are addicted and majority who are not? 2. 2 displays continuation data for those responders who had used psychoactive drugs at least once during their lifetime.

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