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: Non-Nicotine Medication

You also may want to try one of two non-nicotine quit smoking medications in addition to a nicotine replacement therapy. One is called bupropion (brand name: Zyban®). It has an effect on the nicotine receptors in your brain through a chemical associated with the pleasure of using tobacco. The other is called varenicline (brand name: Chantix™). This medication acts like nicotine and fools the receptors in the brain into believing they've already had their dose of nicotine. Prescriptions are needed for both medications. Check out Dr. Hurt's advice in this video.

Nicotine Addiction and Quit Medications

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