Perspective on Nicotine

Blog Post created by dr_hays on Mar 14, 2018

There is a lot of misunderstanding about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). What is NRT- It is a medication containing nicotine approved by the Food and Drug Administration and in the United States sold in the forms of patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler, and nasal spray.  A great deal of research, including research conducted here at Mayo Clinic, has found that people using these products are more likely to be successful in stopping smoking than people who don’t use these products. NRT helps to ease withdrawal symptoms by giving you a slow release of nicotine. Yes slow release--- Nicotine in a cigarette releases “feel good” chemicals in your brain in 7-10 seconds (no comparison to nicotine replacements). This makes the cigarette comparatively highly addictive.

Nicotine replacement medications provide a safe amount of nicotine that does not cause heart disease, cancer, strokes, or other serious conditions that are linked to tobacco. However, being that nicotine in a cigarette is the FASTEST delivery, it causes addiction, while delivering other harmful chemicals and carcinogens in the tobacco smoke.

People tend to take their own path while they quit and maybe NRT’s are something you plan to try. If so, be assured that it can be helpful and add to the likelihood of success.