Nicotine acts on the brain's chemistry. It creates feelings of pleasure. These feelings go away within a few minutes. People will need to keep using nicotine to feel this way again. This cycle can lead to addiction.
The chance of becoming dependent on these products is low. NRT does not create the same "feel good" feelings as nicotine.
NRT may help you to:
Reduce the amount of tobacco you use
Quit and stay smoke-free
(e-cigarettes) turn liquid nicotine into a vapor. There is conflicting evidence on whether or not they may help you quit. In addition, the long-term effects of e-cigarette use are not known.
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Tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarettes research report. National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Available at: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/tobacco-nicotine-e-cigarettes/introduction. Accessed September 2, 2020.
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