Nicotine is the addictive chemical in tobacco and it’s what gets you addicted to smoking. By using nicotine replacement therapies, you’re still getting the nicotine your body is addicted to but without the harmful stuff which is in cigarettes. NRT helps to make withdrawal not so bad but it doesn’t ‘make’ you stop smoking, you’ll need willpower for that.
It is best to go see your doctor if you want to give up smoking and would like NRT. They can help you to choose which NRT is best and show you how to use them correctly. You can buy NRTs from shops but just like any medicine always read the label and follow the instructions carefully.
Use a steady amount of NRT for around 8 to 12 weeks before reducing the NRT amount to stay smokefree for longer.
Quitting smoking can take some time. Some NRTs need to be taken before and after your quit date
NRT must be used regularly, not just when you feel a craving
You’re more likely to quit smoking if you have support from your doctor or a group as well as using NRT