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Are nicotine-replacement products for quitting smoking safe?

Nicotine-replacement products that are used to help you quit smoking have been shown to be safe. They contain only nicotine, and even when used “as needed” throughout the day, usually provide smaller amounts than cigarettes. More importantly, they do not contain the thousands of other chemicals that are in cigarettes, many of which are known to cause cancer. Choosing to use nicotine-replacement products, even in the long-term, to help you quit smoking is much safer than continuing to smoke.

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