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Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) works differently to cigarettes. It does not contain the toxic chemicals like tar or carbon monoxide, and does not cause cancer. It is available in a variety of forms.

Nicotine gum - You need to chew a new piece of gum for a while to soften it. It should then be ‘parked’ at the side of the mouth to allow the nicotine to be absorbed through the mouth lining.

Once it has lost it’s taste you should chew it again for a short while to reactivate it and then park it again to allow more nicotine to be absorbed.

Nicotine patches - Nicotine patches work well for most regular smokers and can be worn round the clock (24 hour patches) or just during the day (16 hour patches).

Microtabs - These are small tablets containing nicotine which dissolve quickly under your tongue.

Lozenges - You let the lozenge slowly dissolve in your mouth, moving it from one side of your mouth to the other until the lozenge is dissolved.

Inhalators - Inhalators look like a plastic cigarette. The inhalator releases nicotine vapour which gets absorbed through your mouth and throat. If you miss the ‘hand to mouth’ aspect of smoking, these may suit you.

Nicotine nasal spray - The spray delivers a swift and effective dose of nicotine through the lining of your nose.


Zyban is a treatment which changes the way that your body responds to nicotine. You start taking Zyban 1 to 2 weeks before you quit and treatment usually lasts for a couple of months to help you through the withdrawal cravings.

It’s only available on prescription and is not available if you are pregnant.


Champix works by reducing your craving for a cigarette and by reducing the effects you feel if you do have a cigarette. You set a date to stop smoking, and start taking tablets 1 or 2 weeks before this date.

Treatment normally lasts for 12 weeks. It’s only available on prescription and is not available if you are pregnant.

Varying moods, including feeling depressed may be a symptom of nicotine withdrawal. Although rare, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, has been reported in people trying to quit. These symptoms have also been reported while attempting to quit smoking with Champix.

Hypnotherapy & Acupuncture

Hypnotherapy can be useful, although it may may not be for everybody. It can aid in reducing stress, which is one of the reasons many smokers say that they smoke in the first place.

There are two main benefits of having hypnotherapy: Reduced stress and/or learning techniques for controlling stress.Effecting change in attitudes, beliefs and associations towards smoking, thus enabling elimination of the smoking habit.

Acupuncture can also be useful. It detoxifies the body taking nicotine out while allowing your natural endorphins to take over the comfort level. It helps you relax and balances the nervous system.