Quit tip number three.

Nicotine patches are simply attached to your skin and provide you with a steady dose of nicotine. There are different types you can buy depending on how long they last.

How to use a nicotine patch.

It’s simple. With clean hands peel off the adhesive, then press the patch firmly on a clean, smooth hairless area of skin and hold for 10 seconds. Make sure you stick it somewhere free of perfumes and lotions.

Things you should know about patches.

  1. Don't cut reapply or remove a patch because you’ll lessen its effectiveness.
  2. You may not experience the effect of a patch for some time, as it takes about six to 12 hours to reach peak levels. If you need more support during this time, you can also use lozenges or gums.
  3. Change your patch with a fresh one each day. Also change where you put the patch each time. After two to three days, you may apply to a previous spot if there's no sign of irritation.
  4. Patches can be worn while smoking for two weeks prior to your quit date. Just know that patches may not be suitable if you have a skin condition or have allergies to certain adhesives.

Sure. They cost money, but you can get them cheaper with a prescription from your GP. One of the best parts about using patches is they're discreet and can be hidden underneath clothing. This means you can go about your day with people not knowing they're there.

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Last updated: May 2023