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Can I become addicted to nicotine replacement therapy?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Because there is less nicotine in NRT and it is delivered more slowly, your chances of becoming addicted to NRT are much lower than becoming addicted to cigarettes. Also, you will be using NRT with less and less nicotine as you quit. This lets your body gradually get used to not having nicotine. 

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You can become addicted to nicotine replacement therapy. However, becoming addicted to nicotine replacement therapy is far less common than being addicted to smoking.

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