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.

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: both nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) and non-nicotine medications.

Nicotine Addiction and Quit Medications

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