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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.

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 alternative options.