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How to Quit Smoking: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Questions About Quitting Smoking

  • How much nicotine do I receive from a cigarette?

    Your body receives approximately 1 milligram of nicotine from each cigarette. Remember the nicotine from cigarettes is absorbed very quickly and goes straight from the lungs to the brain.

  • If nicotine is the problem, why should I use a nicotine replacement?

    Nicotine replacements don't contain any of the carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) that are found in cigarettes. This is why Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ are sold without a doctor's prescription, and why they have helped millions of smokers quit. Nicotine replacements give you a reduced amount of nicotine to help calm your cravings and irritability so you can focus on the emotional aspects of your habit.

  • Will I gain weight if I quit smoking?

    When it comes to quitting smoking, weight gain is the #1 concern of women and the #2 concern of men. Even if you do gain a bit, it's nothing compared to all the good things you're doing for yourself. If you continue to gain weight after a few months, try to analyze what you're doing differently. Reduce your fat intake, choose healthy snacks, and increase your physical activity to burn off the extra calories. Drink lots of water. This is good for your body and skin.

  • I've tried to quit smoking several times, but it's never worked. Why can't I quit?

    You can. You just haven't succeeded yet. Even if you've made it a day, a week, or a month — you've made it. Try to learn from your mistake. Figure out why you fell off the wagon so you can avoid putting yourself in similar situations in the future, choose a new quit date, and then try again. This time, you may be able to quit for good!

  • Why not quit “cold turkey”?

    Going it alone, or trying to quit cold turkey, means relying solely on your willpower to quit. However, nicotine is so addictive that people often underestimate how difficult it is to resist cravings using willpower alone. Nicorette delivers a controlled amount of nicotine to your system to soothe your physical cravings and allows you to focus on mental aspects of your quit, which helps Double Your Chances of Quitting.TM*

*Doubles your chances of quitting vs placebo. Use as directed. Behavioral support program increases chances of success. Many people require several quit attempts to stop smoking. This product is part of an 8, 10, or 12 week program.