Tobacco Addiction & How to Beat It

It's tempting to believe that quitting tobacco is simply a state of mind—that if you want to quit badly enough, all you need is willpower.

For sure, willpower, desire, commitment, and determination all matter. But tobacco dependence is an addiction. Withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable and quite powerful. Cravings can come on suddenly and feel irresistible.

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Nicotine increases the number of nicotinic receptors in the brain and makes you want to smoke when receptors are empty.

Tobacco use actually changes the chemistry in your brain. So, when you decide to quit and change your habits, it can feel like your body just isn't cooperating.

Nicotine and Your Brain Video

BecomeAnEX will help you choose the right kinds of support and medication or combination of methods that can help your body adjust as you quit tobacco. If you decide that medication won't be part of your quit plan, we'll help you explore other quit methods that may help.

Quitting Medications

Using quitting medications can double your chances of quitting successfully. Some medications are available over-the-counter, and others require a prescription from your healthcare provider. They are all designed to make quitting more comfortable and less stressful.

Choosing the Right Medication Tool

There are some common myths and misconceptions about medication. Why would I use a medicine that has nicotine in it if I'm trying to quit nicotine? is one of the most common questions we hear. You might have heard things about medications that make you unsure whether they truly help. We'll help you sort through fact and fiction as you decide the quitting approach that's right for you.

Medication and Myths Video

All approved quit medications, including nicotine replacement therapy, reduce the symptoms of withdrawal as you quit tobacco. Quitting medications can also minimize cravings, so you can focus on all the benefits of quitting.

Choosing the Medication Right for You Video

Join us in BecomeAnEX for the most accurate and up-to-date information about quitting medications, and how to use them properly to maximize your quitting success.


Alternative Therapies

Perhaps you've used medication before and decided it wasn't right for you. Maybe you've talked to your doctor or health care provider, and medication isn't recommended for you.

For smokers who choose not to use a quitting medication, there are other quit methods like meditation and acupuncture that some people find helpful.

No matter where you are on your quit journey, we'll help you find the right method. If you need extra support, Mayo Clinic experts and the EX Community are here to provide advice and tips so you feel confident you're making the right choice.

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