Relapses often occur because withdrawal symptoms are too strong to handle and the ex-smoker hasn't yet had time to develop healthy non-smoking responses to them. Slowing down nicotine withdrawal, by providing ever-decreasing levels of nicotine, helps to make withdrawal more manageable. This gives the ex-smoker time to build healthy defenses against smoking urges and triggers. You will no longer be inhaling over 7,000 toxins; you will be helping your body wean off the addictive substance, nicotine.
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- What are NRTs and what do they do?
- How much will NRT improve my chance of quitting?
- How do I decide which NRT to use?
- Can I use NRT if I have heart disease or high blood pressure?
- Should I choose a quit-med if I relapsed last time I used it?
- Why would I want to use the patch, gum, or lozenge if I’m trying to quit nicotine?
- Will NRTs get rid of my cravings to smoke?
- If I slip and have a cigarette, should I quit my NRT?
- Does NRT work for smokeless tobacco users?
- If I’m taking other medications, can I use NRT?