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Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT): inhalator

There's a lot of NRT products to choose from. Understanding how each of them work can help you to pick the one that suits.

The nicotine inhalator is a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) product that looks a bit like a plastic cigarette.

How to use

When you feel like a cigarette, take short, shallow and frequent puffs of the inhalator. Nicotine is absorbed though the mouth and slowly released into your body. 

How does it help?

It helps you to quit by replacing some of the nicotine you would normally get from smoking.  You may still get cravings but the nicotine inhalator can take the edge off the cravings. Using the inhalator can help to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, difficulty concentrating, frustration, restlessness and anxiety.

Pros and cons

Using the inhalator is similar to the hand-to-mouth habit of smoking, which you might like. The inhalator is the most expensive NRT product (but still cheaper than smoking). 


Using the inhalator doubles your chance of quitting. Combination therapy – using patches plus the inhalator – is even more effective again. If you add Quitline to the mix, you’ll have an even better chance. 

Where to get it

You can buy the nicotine inhalator at pharmacies. 

Best use

Start using the inhalator on your quit day (but you can also use it to cut down and quit). It comes with a nicotine cartridge which you change regularly.  For best results, and this is important, use the inhalator for at least 8 weeks. The inhalator also works best when you work on strategies to beat the habit and deal with stress.

For more information: talk to your doctor, pharmacist or Quitline. Request a Quitline callback. Or download the nicotine inhalator fact sheet.

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