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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2003 Nov;19(4):250-60.

Tobacco use and dependence.

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Department of Physiological Nursing, School of Nursing, N631, 2 Koret Way, Box 0610, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143-0610, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To review tobacco use and dependence including nicotine pharmacology and addiction, and pharmacologic treatment.

DATA SOURCES:

Professional journals, books, government publications.

CONCLUSION:

Smoking is addictive and a major health problem. Habitual nicotine use is central to sustaining smoking dependence. This article provides the necessary basis for understanding nicotine addiction and pharmacologic therapies.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Nurses' knowledge about nicotine addiction is important in helping patients to quit smoking.

PMID:
14702859
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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