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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.

Quitting Medications and Myths

Using medication can DOUBLE your chances of quitting smoking. In this video, Dr. Hurt explains the facts about medication as well as some of the myths. For instance, did you know that nicotine does NOT cause cancer? Nope. It's all the other chemicals in tobacco that are harmful. Dr. Hurt also gives advice on all the different types of quit smoking medications out there, including nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) and non-nicotine medications.

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