Nicotine is an addictive drug. It causes changes in the brain that make people want to use it more and more. In addition, addictive drugs cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The good feelings that result when an addictive drug is present - and the bad feelings when it's absent - make breaking any addiction very difficult. Nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries January 25, 2008 / Vol. 57 / No. SS-1. www.cdc.gov/mmwr. The findings from the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) suggest that the estimate of a doubling of deaths from smoking (from 5 million per year to approximately 10 million per year by 2020) might be an underestimate.
This handbook addresses the need to provide practical guidance for governments and ministries of health in developing their ability to effectively confront the tobacco epidemic. All WHO Regions are represented, and every effort was made to use actual country examples and experiences. The structure and language are intentionally simple and straightforward, to enable as many end-users as possible to benefit. Available only for previewing purposes for registered users.