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Patient Handout: Basics of Nicotine

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Patient handout with information on the basics of nicotine.

Nicotine is a substance found in cigarettes and other tobacco products. When you inhale a cigarette, you are inhaling nicotine, along with more than 500 other chemicals. Nicotine is the drug that makes people become addicted. When you are addicted to nicotine, you feel as if you need nicotine in order to get through your day.

Because nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after being inhaled, it may cause immediate as well as long-term effects. Listed below are potential effects.



Immediate Effects

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Patient Handout: Why Quit?

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General facts about smoking in regards to special topics like smoking and women, secondhand smoke, and addiction in general.

As restaurants, work places, and other public areas are increasingly becoming smoke-free, it appears that smoking is no longer as popular and acceptable in America today. Every day, people suffer from illnesses caused by the effects of smoking. Others die from the effects of tobacco use. Perhaps the facts presented below will help make you more aware of what consequences surround you or someone you know who smokes. Tobacco users must take steps today in order to avoid becoming part of these statistics in the future.



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Smoking Cessation Cycle

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Smoking Cessation Cycle as referenced by Prochaska et al. 1992, 1993; Prochaska and DiClemente 1982

Contented User: A stage of pre-contemplation. No intention of taking action within the next 6 months. May be uninformed or underinformed of health consequences or may have attempted change many times and lost confidence that quitting is possible. Appears unmotivated or resistant to change.

Thinking About Quitting: A stage of contemplation. Intends to change in the next 6 months. Aware of pros and cons of changes. Profound ambivalence or behavioral procrastination can develop as the person balances the pros and cons.

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Resources for medical and health professionals on drug abuse and addiction, including general information, treatment and prevention, clinical tools, and a screening tool. Resources for patients are also available, including information in Spanish.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Aims to provide effective addiction treatment programs and services. Offers online assessment, aftercare, prevention, and additional resources.
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Support Systems Homes: Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
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Provides access to comprehensive research data and promotes the sharing of these data with the goal of increasing its use and comprehension.
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SAMHSA, ICPSR, HHS
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Website provides information pertaining to objectives involving retrieving information about substance abuse, screening, treatments, and referrals.
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Physicians Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
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Provides resources for professionals working as addiction counselors and in the addiction-care fields. Offers up-to-date information for individuals as well as communities.
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NAADAC
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Provides recovery process and support network. Website offers bulletins, handbooks, events, helplines and products.
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Narcotics Anonymous World Services
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Provides treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, and eating disorders through programs, group meetings, and therapy. Website offers treatment options, virtual tour, and additional resources. Alcohol, Addiction: General, Organizations, Treatment
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Sober Living by the Sea
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