Nicotine is what you get addicted to when you smoke.

On its own it’s relatively harmless, but the chemicals added to cigarettes are the ones that cause the harm.

NRT products can help you tackle your dependence on nicotine. They provide a lower dose of nicotine and without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke. NRT has been widely used for many years to help people to stop smoking and is less harmful than smoking.

Most people find it most effective to use to forms of NRT, one long acting, such as a patch and one short acting such as lozenge or gum to help manage triggers or cravings.


NRT is available as:

  • Skin patches
  • Chewing gum
  • Inhalers
  • Oral strips and lozenges
  • Nasal and mouth sprays


  • Varenicline (Champix) medication (currently not available)
  • Reduces cravings for nicotine by blocking the rewarding and reinforcing effects of smoking which take place in the brain and helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.


You are more likely to quit smoking using a stop smoking medication or NRT alongside support from a stop smoking advisor.