Benefits of using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products

NRT products, including patches, gum and lozenges, are used to replace some of the nicotine that you would normally get through smoking cigarettes. These products don't contain the harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Many people find using NRT helps to ease some of the withdrawal symptoms.

Nicotine vaping products should not be the first approach you try to stop smoking. You need a prescription for all purchases of nicotine vaping products. This includes for products from Australian pharmacies and overseas. Talk to your GP about using this product.

Side effects and cautions

Not all products may be suitable for you. You need to read the product information sheets before using any NRT products for the first time.

Always consult your GP, pharmacist or Quitline, if you:

  • are unsure about which product to choose
  • experience any side effects
  • are pregnant
  • have an illness
  • are taking other medications.

Last updated: January 2023