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How is Tobacco Addiction Diagnosed?
There is no medical or laboratory test for nicotine addiction, and a patient must be honest about their tobacco use for a diagnosis to be made. To determine whether or not a patient has an addiction to nicotine, a doctor will ask questions about the patient’s smoking or tobacco use.
The frequency of smoking and the length of time that the patient can go without tobacco use (especially first thing in the morning) is an indication of the intensity of the addiction. A more intense addiction will likely indicate the need for a different kind of treatment than that required for a lesser dependency.
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