Smoking aids such as gums, inhalers, sublingual tablets, lozenges or patches work as nicotine replacements. They help a lot of men and women stop the ugly habit of smoking, although not the majority.

Several different nicotine replacement products exist, which are used in nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to obtain tobacco abstinence. They can help long time smokers who are really interested in quitting smoking. However, these aids help only a minority of those who use them.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Stop Smoking

Nicotine replacement therapies have been present on the market for many years. Patches, sublingual tablets, inhalers, lozenges and nicotine gums all supply nicotine to the smoker's brain without the use of dangerous cigarette smoke. About 1/4 of men and women who use nicotine replacement therapies succeed in quitting. Also, 1/3 becomes dependent on the nicotine replacement, which is contraindicated for expectant mothers as well as men and women with cardio problems.

Nicotine Patches

Patches are stuck right onto the skin much like a sticking plaster. While wearing them nicotine is released into the body to help stop craving for smoking. The dosage of nicotine is gradually reduced and finally stopped altogether. Nicotine patch must stay on for at least one day, however, some do not stick that well, particularly because of the sweat. So, a medical tape should be used to hold it in place. Furthermore, patches tend to leave marks, even though these marks are not permanent.

Nicotine Lozenges

Nicotine lozenges are hard candy much like tablets that contain nicotine. These over-the-counter medications used as an NRT stop desire for smoking as opposed to reducing it. They taste awful. However, the bad taste goes away after a while. The key is to let it dissolve in the mouth. If they are sucked on or chewed they will cause severe gas, heartburn or stomachaches. Lozenges have to be kept out of the reach of small children. Some men and women get addicted to these smoking aids. Therefore, it's vital to follow the directions to slowly reduce the number taken each day. Some of the nicotine lozenges contain aspartame. Furthermore, they're not inexpensive – around sixty cents per one.

Nicotine Chewing Gum

Nicotine chewing gum has been introduced as an aid for smoking cessation back in early 1980s. It sounds simple, however, there's a whole process to chewing one. After only twenty sec of chewing nicotine is released. Next the nicotine chewing gum is to be kept between the gum and cheek until the taste fades away. Next, chewed again and repeated until there's no taste what so ever – around thirty min. Its side effects include stomach cramps as well as heartburn in case it's chewed just like standard gum. It's a bit harder to chew when compared to a standard gum. Furthermore, it can be hard on dental work. Its spicy (and not at all natural) taste is not masked by the mint flavoring. This smoking aid generally isn't effective with long time heavy smokers because only a tiny amount of nicotine is released.