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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.

Nicotine and Your Brain

Why is it so tough to quit? This video explains how nicotine affects your brain. The good news is that once you understand how nicotine addiction works, you'll see why medication is so important. Dr. Hurt explains how addiction works and how to choose the quitting medication that's right for you.

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