The nicotine inhaler looks like a fat, plastic cigarette with a mouthpiece. When you take a puff from the inhaler, the cartridge inside releases a nicotine vapour; the nicotine is then absorbed into the bloodstream via the mouth. This delivery method is the one that’s closest to smoking a cigarette, which is why some smokers prefer this method.
Consider using this product if you:
- Prefer to have control over how much nicotine you are getting and when you are getting it. You can use it as needed rather than receiving a constant supply.
- Want to replace the action of putting something in your mouth. If you have a craving, you can take a puff from the inhaler instead of a puff from a cigarette.
How it’s used:
- A person breathes in nicotine-filled air through the mouthpiece and refills the nicotine cartridge as needed.
- Each nicotine cartridge lasts for approximately 20 minutes of active puffing. You get about 30% of the nicotine found in a cigarette which helps to lessen the craving for cigarettes.
- Try different puffing ‘schedules’ to help control cravings. For example, puffing on the inhaler for 5 minutes at a time means that it will last for 4 uses; puffing on it for 10 minutes at a time means that it will last for 2 uses.
- Avoid drinking acidic beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, alcohol or citrus juices as they can prevent the nicotine from being absorbed.
- Each cartridge holds 10 mg, however not all of the nicotine in the cartridge gets absorbed by the user.
- The recommended dosage is 6-12 cartridges per day for the first 12 weeks. If you need to continue with the therapy, the number of cartridges per day should be reduced over the next 6-12 weeks.
- Up to 6 months if needed.
Watch out for:
- Possible side effects include mouth and throat irritation from the nicotine. This usually goes away or lessens as people adjust their use of the product.