Quit tip number four.

Sprays and inhalers are two nicotine replacement products currently available over the counter. They can help reduce your cravings by inhaling or spraying a nicotine mist into your mouth, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream through the lining of your mouth. They're very easy to use, but you have to remember to carry them with you and they can be less discreet than gum, lozenges, or patches.

Nicotine sprays.

They're exactly as they sound: a little bottle about the size of a highlighter pen that emits a mist containing nicotine. They're quick to use and can fit easily into your pocket or handbag. Before using for the first time, prime the spray. Then when you get a craving spray once or twice, onto the inner cheek or under your tongue.

If the craving doesn't ease in a few minutes, then repeat. Avoid swallowing for a few seconds after spraying. There's a limit to how many times you can use the spray in a day. So if you're a heavy smoker, try using it in combination with nicotine replacement patches.

Nicotine inhalers

These products come with a mouthpiece and a cartridge that contains nicotine. Simply inhale the nicotine from the cartridge when you feel the urge to smoke. Take a shallow puff every four seconds or two deep puffs every minute. Nicotine inhalers can help keep your hands busy in place of holding a cigarette, and each cartridge lasts about 40 minutes. The inhaler can cause a mild, burning sensation in the throat and mouth and coughing when used.

Nicotine replacement therapy comes in many forms, but all the products are proven to be effective in helping to quit smoking.

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Last updated: April 2023