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: 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 don’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.

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