Tobacco Addiction & How to Beat It

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

For sure, willpower, desire and determination all matter. But tobacco addiction is a medical condition. Beating it requires more than just willpower.

Using tobacco actually changes the chemistry in your brain. It increases the number of nicotine receptors in the brain. As the nicotine wears off in your body, those empty receptors make you want to smoke, vape, chew, or dip. Cravings can come on suddenly and be very uncomfortable.

When you decide to quit and change your habits, it can feel like your body just isn't cooperating.

Nicotine and Your Brain Video

EX will help you choose the right approach to help your body adjust as you quit tobacco. If you decide not to use medication, we'll help you explore other quit methods that may help.

Quitting Medications

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

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 may be 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

Quitting medications reduce the symptoms of withdrawal. They help with both the physical and emotional parts of quitting to make it more comfortable. This means you can focus on the benefits of being tobacco free.

Choosing the Medication Right for You Video

Alternatives to Medication

Maybe you've used medication before and decided it wasn't right for you. Or maybe your doctor or healthcare provider advised against it. For people who choose not to use medication, there are alternative options.

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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