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 Inhaler

The inhaler looks like a plastic cigarette holder. Just puff on it sort of like a cigarette when you have the urge to smoke, and nicotine is delivered to the lining of your mouth. Some smokers say they like how it gives their hands and lips something to fidget with. As Dr. Hurt says in this video, a prescription is needed.

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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