Help to stop smoking (Asthma)

8) Nicotine Replacement Therapy


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Nicotine is the addictive substance found in cigarette smoke. NRT helps you to quit by making you in control as you reduce your craving of nicotine by gradually reducing the amount of nicotine in your body.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy is:

  • Safe, effective and clean version of nicotine.
  • Nicotine patches are long acting (16 or 24 hours).
  • Gum, sprays, inhalators, micro tabs and mouth strips are short-acting and can be used along with a patch.

E-cigarettes also contain nicotine but are not yet licensed in the UK as a quit smoking product and are not available via NHS clinics. Long term effects of using E-cigarettes are not yet known. More research is needed on the safety and effectiveness of E-Cigarettes in long term use studies.