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How does nicotine help someone quit smoking?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) with patches, gum, inhalers, lozenges, and nasal sprays can help people to stop smoking.  Those who use NRT are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to quit smoking when compared to those smokers who use a placebo. Nicotine replacement can be an effective tool to curb the craving for cigarettes. Along with behavioral therapy and certain medications it can help people quit smoking for good.
Nicotine lozenges, gum, skin patches, inhalers, and nasal spray help you quit smoking by replacing some of the nicotine you lose when you stop smoking. The nicotine will help control your cravings for cigarettes and will also help reduce your withdrawal symptoms during the quitting process.

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