ICD-10 Diagnosis Code F17.2

Nicotine dependence

Diagnosis Code F17.2

ICD-10: F17.2
Short Description: Nicotine dependence
Long Description: Nicotine dependence
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code F17.2

Code Classification
  • Mental and behavioural disorders
    • Mental and behavioral disorders due to psychoactive substance use (F10-F19)
      • Nicotine dependence (F17)

Information for Patients


Also called: E-Cigs, Electronic Cigarettes, Personal Vaporizer

E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are battery-operated smoking devices. They often look like cigarettes, but work differently. Using an e-cigarette is called vaping. The user puffs on the mouthpiece of a cartridge. This causes a vaporizer to heat the liquid inside the cartridge. The liquid contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. The heated liquid turns into the vapor that is inhaled.

Some people think that e-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes, and that they can be used to help people quit smoking. But not much is known about the health risks of using them, or whether they do help people quit smoking. However we do know about some dangers of e-cigarettes:

  • They contain nicotine, which is addictive
  • They contain other potentially harmful chemicals
  • There is a link between e-cigarette use and tobacco cigarette use in teens
  • The liquid in e-cigarettes can cause nicotine poisoning if someone drinks, sniffs, or touches it

NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Smokeless Tobacco

Also called: Chewing tobacco, Dip, Oral tobacco, Snuff, Spit tobacco

Many people who chew tobacco or dip snuff think it's safer than smoking. But you don't have to smoke tobacco for it to be dangerous. Chewing or dipping carries risks like

  • Cancer of the mouth
  • Decay of exposed tooth roots
  • Pulling away of the gums from the teeth
  • White patches or red sores in the mouth that can turn to cancer

Recent research shows the dangers of smokeless tobacco may go beyond the mouth. It might also play a role in other cancers, heart disease and stroke.

Smokeless tobacco contains more nicotine than cigarettes. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug that makes it hard to stop using tobacco once you start. Having a quit date and a quitting plan can help you stop successfully.

NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

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Also called: Cigar smoking, Cigarette smoking, Pipe smoking, Tobacco smoking

There's no way around it. Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts. Women who smoke have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems or having a baby die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Your smoke is also bad for other people - they breathe in your smoke secondhand and can get many of the same problems as smokers do.

E-cigarettes often look like cigarettes, but they work differently. They are battery-operated smoking devices. Not much is known about the health risks of using them.

Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of health problems. The earlier you quit, the greater the benefit.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • Risks of tobacco
  • Smoking and asthma
  • Smoking and COPD

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