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What is NRT? NRT stands for Nicotine Replacement Therapy. NRT products contain nicotine and act by substituting some of the nicotine you would get from a cigarette to help reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and cigarette cravings. Over time you can then reduce your nicotine intake from the NRT until you are able to stop completely.

Nicotine (a substance found in cigarettes) can increase your metabolic rate, which may mean your body burns calories faster. Smoking can also suppress your appetite. If you quit smoking, your metabolic rate may drop meaning that your body burns calories more slowly so you may need fewer calories.

Quitting smoking doesn’t have to mean you’ll gain weight even though many people believe the two are linked. One tip for managing your weight when quitting is to eat smaller portions of food until your metabolism has stabilised. Remember it can take 20 minutes for you to feel full after eating, so try waiting after your meal before eating anything else (eg. go for a walk). If you still feel hungry in half an hour, have some healthy snacks on standby. Also being more active and exercising regularly may also help to prevent weight gain.

NRT can increase your chances of successfully quitting compared to willpower alone by helping to reduce the cravings you get when you try to stop smoking. NRT may also help to limit weight gain that may be experienced in the first few months when you stop smoking. If you are struggling with cigarette cravings and/or missing the hand to mouth action from a cigarette, Nicorette Inhalator is a product which is able to replicate this.

Ref: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/stop-smoking-without-putting-on-weight/

Different people experience different changes to their body when quitting smoking, with everyone’s quitting journey being unique to them.

When you stop smoking, you may start to experience cigarette cravings, as your body starts to miss its regular nicotine hit. You may also experience physical symptoms, known as nicotine withdrawal effects, which can include things like restlessness, irritability, frustration, tiredness or difficulty sleeping or concentrating. These can last for several weeks while your body adjusts to not having as much nicotine.

You may also experience a sudden burst of an intense desire to smoke, often triggered by a situation where you would normally smoke.

Urges to smoke should become less frequent with time, but some people may still experience a strong craving for a cigarette even several months after quitting.

Nicotine Replacement therapy can help with nicotine withdrawal symptoms by giving your body a lower dose of nicotine delivered more slowly than from a cigarette to help you deal with your cravings.




Nicorette has developed a free stop smoking app designed to help increase your chances of quitting through the use of behavioural support. The app is personalised to your user profile so you can shape your personalised quit plan based on how you want to quit smoking. This means that you can track cigarette usage overtime whether you are using NRT or not. The app was developed with behavioural scientists and includes lots of support content.
Download here.

You could also take a look at our product subscription service where there is an option to upgrade to receive 3 months of one-to-one, over the phone, personalised coaching from a stop smoking advisor, at Solutions 4 Health.

If you feel that you need further support or guidance you can also speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Cigarettes are a well-known cause of cancer, chronic lung disease, heart disease, and other disorders. It is the many toxins in cigarette smoke, rather than the nicotine content, that is responsible for the majority of the harmful effects.

We’re always here to support you that’s why we’ve chosen our top three tips to help you stop smoking for good.

  1. 1. Stay positive: whenever you feel the urge to smoke think about something that makes you feel positive, such as a favourite person or place.
  2. 2. Avoid temptation: remove or avoid any triggers that may make you want to smoke, e.g. drinking alcohol or coffee.
  3. 3. Reward yourself: treat yourself with the money you are saving by not smoking.

The amount of money which you may be able to save by quitting smoking differs from quitter to quitter! Use our calculator to find out how much money you may be able to save from quitting smoking here.

Having a plan in place can also help some people with the challenges of quitting smoking and we have created My Quit Plan, to help you match your smoking habits with different quitting strategies that may work for you.

Different people experience different changes to their body when quitting smoking with everyone’s quitting journey being unique to them.

After 20 mins your blood pressure & pulse rate may return to normal. After 8 hours your oxygen levels may begin to return to normal & your levels of carbon monoxide begin to reduce by more than half.

After 48 hours your taste & smell may begin to improve and your lungs may start to clear out mucus left from cigarettes.

After 72 hours your breathing may become easier and your energy levels should increase.

Find out more about the benefits of quitting .

There are many ways which can help you to quit smoking. Nicorette is a Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) brand which is clinically proven to help you quit smoking for good vs willpower alone, with 7 NRT formats including; Nicorette Gum, Nicorette QuickMist mouthspray and Nicorette Lozenge. To find the right for you, try our product selector.

Over 1000 people quit smoking everyday in the UK (Based on Data from Office of National Statistics & Smoking in England. Published October 2020) to hear more about some quitters who used Nicorette to stop smoking watch some of our real quitters stories here.


In the UK, Nicorette is owned by Johnson & Johnson. The world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company. To find out more about Johnson and Johnson visit www.jnj.co.uk/

Nicorette is a form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) which can help you manage nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms. When you have the willpower to stop smoking, using Nicorette® products is clinically proven to help you fight the urge to smoke and help you quit smoking for good vs willpower alone. Nicorette products contain nicotine and act by substituting some of the nicotine you would get from a cigarette. Over time you can reduce your nicotine intake from the NRT until you are able to stop completely.

Nicorette® is the UK’s leading Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) brand* and we offer a wide variety of NRT products. Nicorette stop smoking products include: Nicorette® InvisiPatch, Nicorette® QuickMist Mouthspray, Nicorette® QuickMist SmartTrack Mouthspray the first NRT mouthspray connected by technology to an app, Nicorette® Inhalator, Nicorette® Lozenge, Nicorette® Microtab sublingual tablet, Nicorette® Nasal Spray and Nicorette® Gum.

*based on sales data. Source© NielsenQData. Value, Units, Nicotine Replacement Therapy Category (client defined) Latest 3 months w/e 29.05.2021 (GB Total Coverage) To verify contact 080238999

At Nicorette®, we believe that quitting smoking is one of the most incredible things you can do. But, we also understand that it’s a challenge. Deciding to stop smoking can be a life-changing decision and having a positive experience as you start on your journey, has the power to motivate you to keep going. For this reason, it is important that you choose a quitting strategy that will give you a greater chance of achieving your stop smoking goal vs willpower alone. That’s where Nicotine Replacement Therapy can help to support smokers on their journey to stop smoking.

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet carefully on how to use the product you have selected. In general, the NHS advise that treatment with NRT usually lasts 8-12 weeks, before you gradually reduce the dose and eventually stop. If you have quit smoking and want to stop using NRT but are finding this difficult, you should contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.

You can start immediately. Choose a start date for your quit and begin to use Nicorette that day. Download the Nicorette My Quit Guide for additional support on your quit journey. If you don't feel able to quit all your cigarettes at once, you can also use NRT to help you gradually reduce the number of cigarettes which you smoke. Read the FAQ below for more information on reducing to quit.

Yes, Nicorette can help reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke. For example, you can use Nicorette in the moments where you don’t want to smoke and avoid harm to others e.g children or family. You can use Nicorette in smoke free areas e.g Pub, work, public transport. By helping you to tackle cravings, Nicorette may also help increase your motivation to quit. When making a quit attempt a behavioural support programme will increase your chances of success vs willpower alone.

You should try to give up smoking without NRT. Stopping completely is by far the best option. The earlier and quicker you do this the better it is for you and your baby.

If you can’t manage this, you should talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice. They may discuss using NRT as a safer alternative to smoking as the risks to your baby are far less than smoking, Medicines can affect the unborn baby so always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.

Nicorette offers a range of effective nicotine replacement therapy products, but it can be difficult to know which product is right for you. Your quitting journey is unique to you so the right product for you will be down to personal preference. Explore our range and use our product selector to find the right one for your stop smoking journey.

The benefits of stopping smoking far outweigh any potential risk from using nicotine from NRT. It is the toxins in cigarette smoke such as tar, lead, cyanide and ammonia that cause smoking related disease and death, not the nicotine.

You may think that smoking helps relieve feelings of anxiety and stress, but it does not deal with the cause of the stress and can lead to a number of serious diseases.

In addition, the feeling of relaxation after smoking is likely to be temporary, with withdrawal symptoms and cravings soon returning when nicotine levels start to drop. Nicotine replacement therapy can help relieve nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, low mood, anxiety, restlessness and cravings when used in place of cigarettes.

Nicorette is available to purchase at NicoretteDirect as well as all major retailers and pharmacists.

If you don't feel able to stop smoking completely, you can gradually cut down to quit with Nicorette. To do this, gradually reduce your cigarette consumption by using Nicorette to help control your cravings or when you would usually smoke. Read the patient information leaflet to see the maximum amount of Nicorette you can use each day.

The age which you can purchase Nicorette is retailer dependent. However, Nicorette can be used by those of above 12 years.

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