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What are nicotine replacement therapies?

Nicotine replacement therapies come as patches and inhalers. They supply your brain with some nicotine, so stopping smoking doesn't cause severe withdrawal symptoms.

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Remember, tobacco addiction is both mental and physical. For most people, the best way to quit will be some combination of medicine, a method to change personal habits, and emotional support.

As mentioned earlier, the nicotine in cigarettes leads to actual physical dependence. This can cause unpleasant symptoms when a person tries to quit. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) gives you nicotine—in the form of gums, patches, sprays, inhalers, or lozenges—but not the other harmful chemicals in tobacco. It can help relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms so that you can focus on the psychological (emotional) aspects of quitting.

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