About 1,200 Americans die every day from tobacco use. More than four out of five people want to quit, but quitting is not easy. Nicotine is a very addictive drug found in tobacco and some electronic cigarette e-liquids. Within seven seconds of inhaling a cigarette, nicotine reaches the brain and gives you a quick dose of an addictive chemical. This makes it hard to stop.
Because it is addictive, when you quit tobacco and nicotine, you have withdrawal symptoms such as feeling irritable, tired or fidgety. You may have cravings to smoke, have a hard time focusing or you might feel down. These are normal symptoms. The good news is these symptoms are temporary. There are effective strategies and safe medications to help you successfully quit smoking. Nearly 50 million adults have quit tobacco. If they can do it, you can too!