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Is it dangerous to smoke while using nicotine replacement therapy?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Don't mix smoking with NRT. If you have a relapse, don't stop using NRT. Make sure you use the full dose, and don't skip doses. Keep some on hand after you quit, in case of a relapse. If you use the gum, lozenge, or inhaler, wait at least half an hour before eating anything acidic, like tomatoes, citrus fruits, coffee, or soda. They can interfere with NRT. 

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