Smokers who wish to reduce their smoking, or eliminate it all together, have several nicotine replacement products to choose from, including gum, patches, lozenges, and inhalers.
While these products are approved and widely used in some parts of the world, in the United States, they are somewhat controversial.
Recent studies have shown that using the products can not only help smokers cut back on how much they smoke, but improve the chances they will be able to quit altogether.
Even in studies with people who were only committed to reducing the amount they smoked, the use of a nicotine replacement product seemed to encourage quitting altogether. Nicotine gum and inhalers were the primary products used during the testing.
Nicotine replacement products work best when they are used with a program of regular behavioral support. In fact, that behavioral support may be as important as the product itself.
Although the products are available over-the-counter without a prescription in the United States, it is still a good idea to check with your health care provider first to find out about smoking cessation support.
If you want to quit smoking, consider giving these products a try, along with receiving some support in changing your behaviors. Your success may just surprise you.