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Just One Cigarette can Cause Nicotine Addiction

"While smoking one cigarette will keep withdrawal symptoms away for less than an hour in long-time smokers, novice smokers find that one cigarette suppresses withdrawal for weeks at a time," explained Dr. DiFranza.

"One dose of nicotine affects brain function long after the nicotine is gone from the body. The important lesson here is that youth have all the same symptoms of nicotine addiction as adults do, even though they may be smoking only a few cigarettes per month," he said.

He further said that the addiction-related changes in the brain that nicotine causes are permanent and remain years after a smoker has quit, which is why an ex-smoker who relapses after many years of abstinence cannot keep the craving away by smoking one cigarette per month.


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