A variety of medication is available to help smokers who want to quit. This includes nicotine replacement products such as patches, gum, spray, lozenges, and Champix.
Nicotine replacement products work by delivering nicotine to your body without the other 4000 harmful toxins found in every cigarette. By providing a healthier nicotine alternative, people stopping smoking can manage their initial cravings in a way that can be reduced over the term of their stop smoking programme.
Champix is initially taken while you still smoke and works by minimising the positive effects a cigarette has on your brain as well as reducing your nicotine cravings.
Some people think that using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is just swapping one addiction for another. But this isn’t true. Smoking is highly addictive, largely because it delivers nicotine very quickly to the brain and this makes stopping smoking difficult.
The nicotine levels in licensed nicotine-containing products are much lower than in tobacco, and the way they deliver nicotine makes them less addictive than smoking.
Most health problems are caused by other components in tobacco smoke, not by the nicotine. It is safer to use licensed nicotine-containing products than to smoke. There is reason to believe that lifetime use of licensed nicotine-containing products will be considerably less harmful than smoking.