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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 changed your brain. In the videos below, Dr. Richard Hurt, Founding Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, explains just how powerful nicotine addiction can be. He also describes how medication can DOUBLE your chances of quitting and helps you pick the right one for you.

Some people don't want to use medication to quit. They think quitting is something they should do on their own, just with willpower. Or they've tried a medication before and don't think it worked.

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: Non-Nicotine Medication

There are two quit smoking medications that don’t contain nicotine. They both affect the nicotine receptors in your brain to make the nicotine from tobacco less pleasurable. One is called bupropion (brand name: Zyban®) and the other is called varenicline (brand name: Chantix™). You’ll need a prescription to use either one. Check out Dr. Hurt's guidance in this video.

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