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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit


Cigarette Addiction

Nicotine is one of the most highly addictive substances known and is one of the hardest substance use dependencies to break. Here’s why:

  • Nicotine inhaled from a cigarette gets to the brain in 7-10 seconds.
  • Inhaling delivers the “nicotine hit” that makes smoking so addictive.
  • The brain is altered as a result of tobacco use.
  • Nicotine clears quickly from the brain and so there is a need for continuous re-dosing.