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The use of tobacco can cause harm to nearly every organ of the body and cause many different diseases. This can also impact people who are close to the smoker. People can easily become addicted to tobacco and it can be very challenging to quit. These issues not only pertain to traditional tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco but also includes Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) like e-cigarettes, vapes and mods.
Symptoms of tobacco addiction may include:
- One or more unsuccessful attempts to stop smoking or using tobacco.
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop, including physical and mood-related symptoms, such as strong cravings, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, frustration, anger, increased hunger, insomnia, constipation or diarrhea.
- Smoking/using tobacco despite health problems.
- Giving up social or recreational activities in order to smoke/use tobacco.
Take the American Cancer Society’s Smoking Habits Quiz to assess if you have a dependence to tobacco.
Tobacco Addictions Resources
Tobacco Cessation Program
Learn more about the Health Center at Auraria’s tobacco cessation program.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Phone and app-based resources, guides to quit smoking and helpful educational information.
Colorado Quit Line
Free support service, community-based tobacco cessation resources and support on your road to quitting.
Articles pertaining to stress reduction, “quit slips” and nicotine replacement therapy as well as resources to develop and maintain a quit plan.
The Real Cost
Information and facts surrounding the different forms of tobacco and nicotine use as well as resources for quitting and managing cravings.
Vaping – Know the Risks
Information specific to Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or ENDS, actionable steps to take for yourself or a friend and up-to-date facts.