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How Nicotine Addiction Works

Using tobacco is more than just a series of "bad habits." It's a physical addiction. So let's talk about addiction in a real way.

You may not realize how nicotine has actually changed your brain. In the videos below, Dr. Richard Hurt, Founding Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, explains the physical nature of addiction to nicotine and just how powerful it can be. He also describes how medication can DOUBLE your chances of quitting and helps you pick the right one for you.

Some people don't want to use medication to quit, because they think it's something they should do on their own with just their willpower. Or they've tried a medication before and don't think it worked. Using medication can make quitting more comfortable and less stressful. And there’s no shame in using it -- just like how you’d tape up a blister while you’re out on a hike, so you can enjoy the journey and get where you want to go.

Choosing the Medication Right for You

It doesn’t matter which quitting medication you choose, just that you actually consider using one. They're an important part of the EX Plan to become tobacco-free. Remember, these medications have been shown to DOUBLE your chances of quitting. In this section, Dr. Hurt introduces the variety of medications out there and discusses how it's okay to use more than just one (kind of like wearing sunscreen and a hat so you don’t get burned when you’re outside for a long time). Ask some of the members in the EX Community what medication they're using and how they like it.

If you're pregnant and trying to quit, it's okay to use a quitting medication. Just be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any new medication.

Next, consider quit medications that may work for you, as well as alternative options.