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 hijacked your brain, making quitting harder. You may not want to use medication to quit or you may have tried them before and didn't think they worked. You may think quitting is something you should do on your own, just with willpower.

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.

Quitting Medications and Myths

Using medication can DOUBLE your chances of quitting. In this video, Dr. Hurt explains the facts about medication and 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 reviews the different types of quitting medications, including nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) and non-nicotine medications.

Next, consider quit medications that may work for you, as well as alternatives to medication.