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If one type of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) doesn’t work for you at first, then try another or even a combination. Using more than one NRT product can be very effective in controlling stronger cravings.

What support materials are available? 

The following materials are available free from the Help2Quit service:

  • Take 5: a resource designed with the help and experience of local women to help support pregnant women who want to stop smoking. Please call us on freephone 0800 735 1155 and we’ll post a copy to you free
  • Your guide to stopping smoking for good: a resource to help you think, prepare, quit and stop smoking for good

Download Your Guide to Stopping Smoking for Good (size 800kb)

There are also seven types of nicotine replacement therapy available:  

  • patches
  • gum
  • lozenges
  • microtabs
  • inhalator
  • nasal and mouth spray

Most of these are available free of charge from Help2Quit. We will only supply these free treatments as part of a complete programme.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

Nicotine replacement therapy replaces the nicotine your body craves without the toxic chemicals you get in cigarettes like cyanide or carbon monoxide, so it doesn’t affect lung function or cause cancer.

Nicotine replacement patches

Nicotine replacement patches are available in three strengths which deliver nicotine throughout the day to reduce the discomfort from cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Nicotine replacement gum

Nicotine gum is available in 2 strengths and you chew a piece to help control cravings whenever there is an urge to smoke.

Nicotine lozenges

Nicotine lozenges may suit you if you dislike chewing gum. They are sucked slowly and dissolve in the mouth in 20 to 30 minutes.

Nicotine microtabs

Nicotine microtabs are small tablets which dissolve under the tongue.

Nicotine inhalator

The nicotine inhalator is useful for people who miss the hand to mouth action of smoking. Puffing on the inhalator releases nicotine vapour which is absorbed in the mouth or throat.

Nicotine nasal spray

Nicotine nasal spray is useful for heavily dependent smokers as it quickly delivers nicotine via the lining of the nose.

Nicotine mouth spray

The nicotine mouth spray is absorbed quickly through the lining of the mouth to relieve urges to smoke.

For best results remember to check the instructions, or talk to a health professional or Help2Quit adviser about the best ways to use these various products.

Is using nicotine replacement therapy safe?

NRT products are designed to help you beat your physical addiction to nicotine. NRT does not contain tar, poisons or carbon monoxide like cigarettes do so it does not cause cancer. It is absorbed into your body in a different way to the nicotine from cigarettes and it is much less addictive.

NRT is suitable for most adults but if any of the following apply to you, you should check with your GP first:

  • heart condition
  • circulatory problems
  • pregnancy
  • on regular medication


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