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Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help you stop smoking
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NRT can help you to stop smoking. It gives you a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco.
When choosing a type of NRT, think about which method best suits you and your pattern of smoking. Is it nicotine patches, nicotine gum or nicotine mouth spray?
Nicotine patches give a dose of nicotine through your skin. You don't need a prescription for them. If you have a medical card, you can get them for free.
Nicotine gum gives you a dose of nicotine as you chew. It also gives your mouth something to do instead of smoking, which can help you break the habit.
Nicotine inhalers are useful if you're missing the routine of smoking cigarettes and the puffing sensation. They can help replace the physical act of smoking.
Nicotine lozenges are a flavoured, sweet-like form of nicotine replacement therapy. They come in different strengths and work in a similar way to nicotine gum.
A nicotine mouth spray quickly releases nicotine into your body. Use 1 to 2 sprays when you feel the urge to smoke. Each spray provides a 1mg dose of nicotine.
Nicotine oral strips are fast acting, releasing nicotine into your body when you place them on the roof of your mouth. They will dissolve after about 3 minutes.
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