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.

Few people realize how nicotine actually changes their brain. Dr. Richard Hurt was the Founding Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. In the videos below, Dr. Hurt explains the physical nature of addiction to nicotine and just how powerful it can be. He'll also tell you how medication can DOUBLE your chances of quitting and help 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. We hear that from a lot of people here on EX. Take just a few minutes to hear what Dr. Hurt has to say and then make up your mind.

Important Things to Know

There's nothing wrong with trying different quitting medications until you find the right one for you. Ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider to help you and answer any questions. One last piece of advice: As Dr. Hurt says in this video, follow the instructions in the package and use the medication for as long as they tell you to use it. And we'll say it again — medications can DOUBLE your chances of quitting for good. Make sure they're part of your EX Plan.

Nicotine Addiction and Quit Medications

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

Can't see the video? Don't stress! Dr. Hurt videos are available to view on the desktop site.

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