If you look in the Index under the term "smoker", the instruction is to "see Dependence, drug, nicotine". There is also Coding Clinic 4th quarter 2013 which states the following:
How would a documented diagnosis of "smoker" be coded in ICD-10-CM? Should it be coded as tobacco use or dependence?
In ICD-10-CM, a diagnosis of "smoker" is coded to dependence. Assign code F17.200, Nicotine dependence, unspecified, uncomplicated, when the provider documents "smoker." Please note the following reference in the Alphabetic Index to Diseases:
Smoker - see Dependence, drug, nicotine
Hoping to get advice on a "former smoker" diagnosis. If "smoker" goes to dependence, would "former smoker" go to dependence, in remission?