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 or vapes. Even vapes labelled ‘no nicotine’ often contain high levels of nicotine. NRT products don't contain the harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke or vape liquid. Many people find using NRT helps to ease some of the withdrawal symptoms.

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.

In Australia the Therapeutic Goods Administration doesn’t approve nicotine vaping products as a tool to quit smoking. They shouldn’t be the first thing you try to quit.

Find out more about vaping as a quit tool

Last updated: May 2023