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ICD-10 code: F17.20

Chapter: Mental and behavioural disorders

Nicotine Dependence, Unspecified

Nicotine dependence, also known as tobacco addiction, is a condition in which a person becomes physically and mentally dependent on nicotine, which is found in tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. Nicotine dependence is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide and can lead to serious health problems.

Despite the known health risks associated with tobacco use, many people continue to smoke or use other nicotine-containing products. This can be due to a variety of factors, including genetics, social and environmental influences, and the addictive nature of nicotine itself.

  1. Symptoms of Nicotine Dependence
  2. Cravings for nicotine
  3. Difficulty quitting or cutting back on tobacco use
  4. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anxiety, and restlessness
  5. Continued tobacco use despite negative consequences
  6. Tolerance to nicotine, requiring increasing amounts to achieve the desired effect

It's important to note that nicotine dependence can take many forms and can occur with any type of tobacco use, including smoking, chewing, or vaping. In some cases, people may not even realize they are addicted to nicotine until they try to quit and experience withdrawal symptoms.

Treatment for Nicotine Dependence

There are a variety of treatments available to help people quit smoking or using other tobacco products. Some of the most common options include:

  • Nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches, gum, or lozenges
  • Prescription medications like bupropion or varenicline
  • Counseling or behavioral therapy
  • Support groups or smoking cessation programs

It's important to work with a healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs.


Nicotine dependence is a serious condition that can have long-term health consequences. If you or a loved one is struggling with tobacco addiction, it's important to seek help and support. With the right treatment and resources, it is possible to overcome nicotine dependence and lead a healthier, smoke-free life.