Did you know that the stimulant nicotine is the only addictive chemical in cigarettes? Research suggests that nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine. However, there are more than 4,000 other chemicals, including many that can cause cancer, in cigarette smoke. Using nicotine gum or patches to help yourself or a loved one quit smoking will not cause cancer and may help you be more successful in overcoming the addiction.
Sources: American Lung Association