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 Lozenge

The nicotine lozenge is another kind of nicotine replacement medication. Place it between your gum and cheek. The nicotine is absorbed through the lining of your mouth. Some people say they prefer nicotine lozenges because they’re easy to use, especially if you dip or chew tobacco. You can get them at the pharmacy and don’t need a prescription.

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