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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 changed your brain. In the videos below, Dr. Richard Hurt, Founding Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, explains just how powerful nicotine addiction 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. They think quitting is something they should do on their own, just with 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. Think of it like taping up a blister while you’re out on a hike. It will help you enjoy the journey and get where you want to go.

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.

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