Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is a family of smoking cessation aids that deliver a measured dose of nicotine to ex-smokers. Used as directed, NRTs offer one the advantage of stepping down off of nicotine in a gradual way that reduces the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
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Let's take a look at the pros and cons of one of the most popular NRT's(nicotine replacement therapies) available on the market today, the nicotine patch.
The nicotine inhaler is a NRT that consists of a plastic cigarette-like tube that houses a replaceable nicotine cartridge and a mouthpiece. The cartridge contains nicotine which is released into the user's mouth and throat when inhaled.
The nicotine lozenge is a NRT that comes in the form of a small, candy-like tablet. When a nicotine lozenge is placed in the mouth and allowed to dissolve over the course of 20 to 30 minutes, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream, relieving short-term cravings to smoke.
4. Nicotine Gum
Used as a chewing gum, nicotine gum is a type of nicotine replacement therapy that comes in two strengths: 2mg for people who smoke less than 25 cigarettes a day, and 4mg for those who smoke 25 or more cigarettes a day.
Nicotine nasal spray is a prescription medicine that reduces cravings to smoke when a nicotine solution is sprayed into the nose. The solution is absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal mucosa.
6. NRT FAQs
Information and frequently asked questions about nicotine replacement therapy.
A reader asks: "I quit smoking 8 months ago, and I used nicotine gum to help me do it. I still chew the gum, and I think I may be addicted to it/ I only chew a couple of pieces of nicotine gum a day, though. Isn't that a lot better than smoking a pack of cigarettes every day?"
From Michelle: "Manufacturers of NRTs state that their products are not recommended for long-term use. When NRTs are used as directed, they can help people quit smoking. When cigarettes are used as directed, they kill people."