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Which NicAssist product is right for you?

Wondering how to stop smoking? Read about Boots Pharmaceuticals' NicAssist stop smoking aids and find out how they may help you quit

Published 29/12/2010

Finding a way to beat your nicotine cravings is the key to giving up smoking, but it can be tough. If you're seeking a way to quit smoking, you may wish to consider Nicotine Replacement Therapy (or NRT). These are products that relieve the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and reduce the cravings for nicotine that you get when you try to stop smoking.

Evidence suggests that if you use nicotine replacement therapy products you double your chances of stopping smoking for good. You may be concerned about using NRT products. However, the benefits of stopping smoking far outweigh any potential risk from using nicotine from NRT.

No matter how heavy a smoker you are, and whatever it is about smoking that makes it hard for you to give up, the chances are there's a form of NRT to suit you. Answer the questions below to find out more. If you are unsure which type of Boots Pharmaceuticals NicAssist product is right for you to use ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor for more advice.


You may wish to consider the Boots Pharmaceuticals NicAssist 24 Hour Transdermal Patch. These patches are designed to be worn during daytime hours only, so you apply one in the morning and remove it before you go to sleep. They give a continual supply of nicotine during waking hours.

Boots Pharmaceuticals NicAssist 24 Hour Transdermal Patch 21mg

Products to consider:

NicAssist Translucent Patches*. Helps you beat the urge to smoke and calms nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

*Contains nicotine. Always read the label. Requires willpower.


You may wish to consider a nicotine replacement gum. Gum is ideal for people with irregular smoking habits. For instance, you may smoke at work but not at home, or only in the evenings, or when you're under stress. With gum, you're in control and take in nicotine only when you need it. The gum comes in minty fresh, ice mint and fruit flavours and you may find the chewing action helps with cravings too. The gums come in two strengths:

  • 4mg gum: suitable for people who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day or smoke within 30 minutes of waking up.
  • 2mg gum: suitable for people who smoke fewer than 20 cigarettes a day and don't smoke first thing in the morning.


Products to consider:


* Contains nicotine. Always read the label. Requires willpower.



The chewing programme:

If you are planning to stop smoking completely, your NRT gum programme should last about three months. Most people start on around 10 pieces of gum a day and gradually reduce the number. When you're down to one or two pieces, it's time to stop completely. If you start with high-strength gums (4mg), move on to low-strength (2mg) gums when you feel ready.

Cut down, then stop

Boots NicAssist gum is clinically proven to help people who prefer to stop smoking by first cutting down on the amount they smoke. Ideally, replace half your cigarettes with gum from the start and aim to stop within six months.

When you can't or don't want to smoke

You can also use NicAssist Ice Mint 2 mg gum or NicAssist Ice Mint 4 mg gum when you can't or don't want to smoke, such as social occasions e.g. at a party, in the pub, or for when you are at work, or on a plane or train etc by using the gum when required to relieve and/or prevent cravings.



Using the gum properly

You need to chew the gum in a particular way so nicotine is absorbed via the mouth lining:

  • Step one: Chew the gum slowly for about a minute until the taste becomes strong.
  • Step two: "Park" the gum between your cheek and teeth.
  • Step three: When the taste fades, start chewing it again.
  • Step four: "Park" your gum again until the taste fades.
  • Step five: Repeat steps 1-4, then throw the gum away after 30 minutes.



You may wish to consider nicotine replacement lozenges. These can help alleviate cravings which may help your willpower.

Like gum, lozenges are ideal for people who want to control how much nicotine they take, and when they take it, throughout the day. They are a good choice for people who don't like chewing gum. NicAssist lozenges are mint flavoured.

Products to consider:


* Contains nicotine. Always read the label. Requires willpower.



Using the lozenges properly:

You should use the lozenges in a particular way to achieve a regular release of nicotine:

  • Step one: Suck the lozenge until the taste becomes really strong.
  • Step two: Rest the lozenge between your cheek and teeth.
  • Step three: When the taste has faded, suck the lozenge again.
  • Step four: Repeat steps 1-3, until the lozenge has dissolved completely (about 30 minutes).


You may wish to consider trying an inhalator. Inhalators are ideal if you particularly miss the hand-to-mouth action of smoking or miss the feeling of having a cigarette in your hand. You use the inhalator when the urge to smoke comes on. It looks like a cigarette but it's actually a cartridge that delivers a puff of nicotine vapour into the mouth and throat.

Products to consider:

The NicAssist 10mg inhalator*. 42 cartridges. One cartridge will last for around 20 minutes and most people use between six and 12 a day. The object is to cut down the number of cartridges you use every day and to give up smoking completely after around three months.
* Contains nicotine. Always read the label. Requires willpower.


You may wish to consider trying microtabs. These release enough nicotine to relieve cravings, as well as irritability, and could reduce the urge to smoke. Microtabs are tiny tablets that are placed under the tongue and release nicotine slowly as they dissolve. They are ideal if you get your worst cravings in response to stress or in certain situations and you don't want to broadcast the fact you're taking NRT.

Products to consider:

NicAssist 2mg Microtabs*. You should use no more than two an hour. The aim is to reduce the number you use every day over a period of three months, until you have stopped craving nicotine and don't need to rely on them.
* Contains nicotine. Always read the label. Requires willpower.


You may wish to consider trying a nasal spray. These release a concentrated, fast-acting dose of nicotine that gets to work quickly. They may help those with very strong cravings, although some people find it irritates their nose. You can use the spray up to twice an hour for eight weeks then you should try to reduce your use by half. Over the following two weeks, you should reduce your dose every day until you've stopped completely.

Products to consider:

NicAssist Nasal Spray*. Helps you beat the urge to smoke.
* Contains nicotine. Always read the label. Requires willpower.




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