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Can Nicotine Help My ADHD Husband Focus?

"My ADHD husband takes Ritalin and smokes because he claims that nicotine helps him focus. Is this true?"

by Larry Silver, M.D.

Nicotine is not a treatment for ADHD, so you shouldn’t accept this as an excuse for his smoking. Smoking is a real addiction -- to nicotine. If your attention deficit husband feels he needs something to supplement his Ritalin, perhaps his dose needs to be adjusted. You might encourage him to speak with his doctor about this.

The first step toward quitting smoking is for him to agree that he wants to stop. Once he makes this commitment, there are many products and services available that can help. Good luck -- not just for your sake but for his health.

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