A nicotine inhaler looks like a cigarette. It has a cartridge that
contains nicotine. You inhale, and nicotine vapor is absorbed into your mouth
and throat area. You don't absorb the nicotine into your lungs like you do with
a cigarette. As a result, you don't get the same "hit" of nicotine as with
Nicotine inhalers are available only by prescription.
You may find a nicotine inhaler helpful if you have trouble breaking
free from smoking rituals, such as pulling a cigarette out of the pack,
lighting it, putting it in your mouth, and inhaling.
The inhaler does not deliver nicotine as rapidly as a cigarette. The
risk of addiction, or of transferring your nicotine habit from cigarettes to
the inhaler, is low.
Do not begin to use an inhaler until you have stopped
A nicotine inhaler kit comes with a nicotine inhaler and cartridges
containing nicotine. You place a cartridge into the inhaler and pierce the
cartridge to release the nicotine.
It is possible to become dependent on the nicotine inhaler, but this
There are side effects from using the nicotine inhaler. Read the
package insert before you use an inhaler.
July 6, 2011
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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