Nicotine Replacement Therapy (or NRT) is method of releasing highly addictive nicotine into the body without smoking tobacco.
Nicotine is the the primary reason that people become addicted to tobacco and NRT works by reducing the cravings and feelings of discomfort that are associated with tobacco abstention.
Although there is evidence to suggest that smokers who decide to use NRT to help them to quit have a higher chance of achieving long-term success, the entire quitting process usually takes longer than non-NRT methods because it involves firstly quitting the habit of smoking and then quitting the addiction of nicotine by gradually lowering the doses. In comparison, methods such as hypnotism and going cold turkey tackle both the habit and addiction at once.
There are a number of different forms that NRT can administer nicotine into the bloodstream and the most effective method (or combination of methods) varies from person to person. The most common methods are listed below:
- Nicotine Patches – transdermal patches that stick to the skin and provide the body with regular doses of nicotine (click for more info about nicotine patches)
- Nicotine Gum – chewing gum that provides the body with a dose of nicotine when chewed (click here for more info about nicotine gum)
- Inhalators – plastic tubes that are sucked on like a cigarette to provide a dose of nicotine (click for more information about Inhalators)
- Lozenges/Microtabs – tablets that are placed under the tongue to provide the body with a dose of nicotine (click here for more info about lozenges and microtabs)
- Nasal & Mouth Sprays – a dose of nicotine that is sprayed into the nasal cavity (click for more info about nasal and mouth sprays)