This Psychology Factsheet provides an overview of nicotine addiction, including its clinical characteristics, biological and behavioural explanations and implications for treatment. Words in bold are defined in the glossary and the worksheet allows the opportunity to practice what you have learned. Exam Hints and a reference list are included.

The examiner will expect you to be able to

  • Describe the key components of nicotine addiction, including diagnosis.
  • Explain how nicotine addiction may be caused by biological factors.
  • Explain how the addiction may be caused through learning.
  • Provide strengths and limitations of each explanation.
  • Give examples of how each theory of nicotine addiction can be applied to a therapy.
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April 2021


ISSN: 1351-5136

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