Nicotine addiction: Fact or theory?

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Is nicotine an addictive drug? Raising this question today would seem preposterous to most scientists and lay people, smokers and non-smokers alike. If one adopts the definition of facts as theories that have acquired a status of unchallenged empirical statements, nicotine addiction has become a fact. Countless research papers begin with variations of the sentences "Nicotine is the active ingredient in tobacco that leads to addiction" or "The reinforcement provided by nictine is a necessary component of the processes that drive smoking behavior". (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalAddiction Research and Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


  • *Drug Addiction
  • *Nicotine
  • Tobacco Smoking


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