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: Nicotine Gum

Nicotine gum is the most popular nicotine replacement, partly because it's easy to use and because you don't need a prescription. You can buy it over the counter. Whenever you feel a craving, pop a piece in your mouth, and you'll get a dose of nicotine. But you can't chew it like bubble gum. Listen to Dr. Hurt talk about how to use nicotine gum correctly and how it can help you quit tobacco.

Nicotine Addiction and Quit Medications

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

Can't see the video? Don't stress! Dr. Hurt videos are available to view on the desktop site.

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