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Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT): inhaler

The NRT inhaler is designed to help you quit smoking. Read about how to use the inhaler, its effectiveness and where to buy it.

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

How to use the inhaler

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

How does the inhaler 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 inhaler can take the edge off the cravings. Using the inhaler can help to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, difficulty concentrating, frustration, restlessness and anxiety.

Pros and cons of the inhaler

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

Effectiveness of the inhaler

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

Where to buy the inhaler

You can buy the nicotine inhaler at pharmacies. 

How to best use the inhaler

Start using the inhaler 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 inhaler for at least 8 weeks. The inhaler 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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