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Try Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges—in combination with counseling—can maximize your chances of quitting for good. Research has shown that NRT is safe and effective, and experts say it’s one of the most effective tools to quit.
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NRTs like patches, gum, and lozenges work.
Try nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as gums or patches. Using NRT can double your chance of quitting for good.
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NRT helps with tough cravings.
NRT can reduce cravings and other uncomfortable symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. The worst withdrawal symptoms usually last from only a few days to a few weeks. NRT can help make these symptoms less intense.
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NRTs can be used together.
One strategy to maximize your chances of quitting for good is using a long-acting patch for withdrawal relief with a short-acting lozenge or gum to fight off cravings.
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It's OK if you slip up.
It is safe to continue using NRT even if you slip and smoke one or two cigarettes. Staying on NRT and using as directed increases your chances of getting back on track for quitting.
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NRT is safe.
Research shows that NRT can be used safely by almost all adults. Pregnant women and people with serious health issues should talk with their doctor before using NRT.
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NRT is available over the counter.
Most forms of NRT don’t require a doctor’s prescription. But, getting a prescription from your health care provider could save you money, since the cost of NRT is covered by many insurance plans.
MANAGE YOUR CRAVINGS
Find out how to deal with cravings with these helpful tips.
Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste everywhere. Brush your teeth whenever you have a craving.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) like gum, patches, or lozenges can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Stretch or walk for 10 minutes or until your craving passes.
Distract yourself through cravings by playing a game or watching a video on your phone.
Call 1-800-QUIT NOW
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) is a toll-free number run by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that will connect you to your state’s tobacco quitline. Hours of operation and services vary from state to state.
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