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Which Stop Smoking Aid Is Best?

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Quitting smoking can be very difficult, even with the aid of a stop-smoking aid. Many people trying to give up smoking find it difficult to decide which stop-smoking aid to use, and find the range of choices overwhelming.

Nicotine Gum

Nicotine gum is chewed and then rested against the inside of your cheek, to help the nicotine to be absorbed through the lining of your mouth.

Pros: Nicotine gum is available in several different strengths, making it easy to match the strength to how many cigarettes you used to smoke. It’s also easy to reduce your nicotine intake, by gradually changing to weaker gums. Short bursts of nicotine are effective against cravings and withdrawal.

Cons: Not everyone likes the taste of nicotine gum, and finds it hard to adjust to the method of chewing and ‘parking’ the gum.

Lozenges & Microtabs

Nicotine lozenges dissolve slowly in the mouth, whereas micro tabs dissolve quickly under the tongue.

Pros: Both provide short bursts of nicotine to relieve cravings. Microtabs are a discreet option, as you don’t chew or suck.

Cons: Lozenges aren’t suitable for anyone with mouth ulcers, and some find they don’t like the taste. Microtabs deliver a relatively small amount of nicotine.


Nicotine patches are worn on the skin. They come in lots of strength options, with options to be worn round the clock or just for waking hours.

Pros: Patches release nicotine directly into the bloodstream, effectively relieving withdrawal and cravings. They can be worn discreetly under clothing, and the 24-hour wear option could help those who struggle with morning cravings.

Cons: The patches could irritate very sensitive skin.


An inhaler releases nicotine vapour, which is then absorbed through the mouth and throat.

Pros: Using an inhalator mimics the action of smoking, which could help to keep your hands busy. Nicotine is released very quickly, and it can be used whenever you feel strong cravings.

Cons: This is not a very discreet option.


Nasal sprays deliver nicotine through the nose. They’re the strongest nicotine replacement option and work by releasing one spray into each nostril.

Pros: The nicotine release is very quick and high dose, making this a good option for heavy smokers. It’s the fastest way to get nicotine into your bloodstream.

Cons: Sprays don’t suit everyone, and they may cause side effects such as nose and throat irritation, coughing or watering eyes.


E-Cigarettes and vapes allow you to inhale nicotine as a vapour rather than smoke. Vapes are readily available and come in a variety of strengths and flavours.

Pros: According to experts, vapes are 95% less harmful than cigarettes, and you will still experience the satisfaction of smoking.

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