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Nicotine Replacement Therapy Choices

Which NRT is Right for You?


Updated August 01, 2011

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.

Follow the links below to learn more about the NRTs available on the market today.

1. Nicotine Patch

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.

2. Nicotine Inhaler

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.

3. Nicotine Lozenge

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.

5. Nicotine Nasal Spray

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.


Information and frequently asked questions about nicotine replacement therapy.

7. Addicted to Nicotine Gum

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?"

8. A Personal Perspective on Using NRTs to Stop Smoking

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."

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