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Nicotine inhaler (or inhalator)

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.

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A nicotine inhaler, sometimes called an inhalator, looks a bit like a cigarette. It has a mouthpiece and cartridges containing nicotine.

This is a fast-acting form of NRT that can be used in combination with nicotine patches.

By using one, you inhale nicotine into your body. Inhalers are useful if you miss the routine of smoking and the puffing sensation. They can help replace the physical act of smoking.

Choosing the correct cartridges for your nicotine inhaler

You can get cartridges for nicotine inhalers in 2 different strengths: 10mg and 15mg. For advice on which product and strength are right for you, talk to your pharmacist.

Inhalers work very quickly and are good for satisfying cravings. Each cartridge has enough nicotine for around 400 puffs. After that, replace the cartridge.

Do not use:

  • more than 12 cartridges of the 10mg strength a day
  • more than 6 cartridges of the 15mg strength a day

When you feel ready, reduce the number of cartridges you use so that you can eventually stop using them.

If you’re finding it hard to stop using your nicotine inhaler, talk to your stop smoking advisor, pharmacist or GP for advice. You can also call the Quitline for advice on 1800 201 203.

Related topics

Nicotine gum

Nicotine patches

Nicotine lozenges

Nicotine mouth spray

Page last reviewed: 29/03/2019
Next review due: 29/03/2022

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