Thinking of using NRT products, or stop smoking aids, but not sure which one is right for you? We have all the information you need!

When you stop smoking you quickly remove the nicotine in your body. This means you suffer withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • bad moods
  • feeling irritable
  • difficulty concentrating

NRT products and stop smoking aids including; gums, patches, inhalators and lozenge, release nicotine steadily into your bloodstream at much lower levels than in a cigarette, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in a cigarette to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

Using NRT products and stop smoking aids can help you to control your cravings. They come in lots of different forms which can be confusing and often people wanting to quit don’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this guide giving you the pros and cons of the most popular NRT products on the market:


Nicotine patches are applied discretely onto your upper arm and release nicotine into your bloodstream. The patch releases nicotine throughout the day, perfect for long lasting craving relief! Patches are great to supress the background cravings you have throughout the day. Choose a 16 or a 24 hour patch dependant on your needs. Talk to your local LloydsPharmacy Pharmacist for more advice on whether a patch is the right stop smoking aid for you.


Nicotine gums release nicotine when they are chewed. Nicotine gum is suitable for people who want to control their dosage of nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Gums come in different flavours and strengths, so you may need to try a couple to find the one that’s right for you.


If you don’t like the idea of chewing, try nicotine lozenges! Lozenges are placed in the mouth and allowed to dissolve and release nicotine. Lozenges are ideal for relieving short-term cravings and come in a variety of strengths and flavours.


The nicotine inhalator is used to inhale the nicotine which is them absorbed through the skin in your mouth. Inhalators are designed to look and feel like a cigarette. These are perfect for easy use when you get a craving and are great for those who are struggling to keep their hands busy.

Mouth Spray

Spraying the Mouth Spray into your mouth/cheek allows nicotine to get into your blood stream fast. Nicotine mouth sprays alleviate craving symptoms rapidly, perfect for those urgent cravings.

Nasal Spray

Like mouth sprays, you would use the nicotine nasal sprays when you need a cigarette. Squirting into the nostril delivers nicotine directly into your bloodstream.

Did you know?

You can use more than one NRT, or stop smoking aid, at a time to help you quit. Using patches AND an oral product such as lozenges or gum in combination. This is called dual therapy.

Quitting can be hard and you may not be successful the first time round so it’s important you find the right treatments for you. Our Pharmacists are able to help and support you along the way. So visit your local store along your quitting journey to discuss what is working or what isn’t.