What are some benefits of using stop-smoking aids to quit smoking?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
The following are advantages of using stop-smoking aids or nicotine replacement therapies for quitting smoking:
  • Nicotine patch: Provides a stable level of nicotine in the blood for 16 to 24 hours; easy to use
  • Nicotine gum: Provides a rapid rise in blood level of nicotine; user can control dose to respond to cravings; oral substitute for a cigarette
  • Nicotine inhaler: Provides a rapid rise in nicotine; user controls the dose; hand-to-mouth substitute for smoking
  • Nicotine nasal spray: Offers the quickest increase in blood nicotine levels; user controls the dose
  • Nicotine lozenge: User controls the dose; oral substitute for smoking
  • Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban, generic): Easy to use; no nicotine involved
  • Varenicline (Chantix) : Easy to use; no nicotine involved

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