Who gets addicted to nicotine?

Anyone who smokes can get addicted to nicotine. However, certain things seem to increase a person's chances of becoming addicted. Doctors call these risk factors. The risk factors for getting addicted to nicotine include:[1]

  • Smoking as a teenager

  • Coming from a poorer background

  • Family problems

  • Feeling depressed

  • Being physically or sexually abused

  • Having parents who smoke.

Other things seem to protect against getting addicted. These include:[1]

  • Being close to your parents

  • Taking part in activities outside school or work, such as sport.

Last updated: Mar 31, 2014