Nicotine Replacement Therapies are designed to help you control some of the cravings and withdrawal symptoms you will experience when you stop smoking and your body is no longer getting any nicotine.
These therapies—the nicotine patch, nicotine gum etc—are nicotine delivery systems, a fancy term for saying they deliver nicotine into your body without all the harm of a cigarette. They relieve those symptoms, and over a short period of time, the instructions guide you to wean down the amount of the NRT you take until your body has been freed of the need for nicotine.
Some people absolutely need an NRT to quit, others don’t need them at all. In order to get as much from your chosen NRT as possible and to give you the best chance at success, remember that NRTs do not address the psychological addiction to smoking, the habit of it all. They only address the physical addiction. Consequently, relying on more than an NRT to help you quit, something like a support group, that addresses the psychological aspect, can significantly up your chances of being successful.
Nicotine replacement therapies include the following (click to learn more about each therapy):
What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Smoking?
Nicotine Overdose Symptoms
Facts about Nicotine
Where Does Nicotine Come From?
Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence
Nicotine Nasal Spray
Nicotine Transdermal System