Useful information about the nicotine inhalator NRT product
What is a nicotine inhalator?
The nicotine inhalator, or inhaler as it is also known, is a plastic, cigarette - shaped device, that consists of a mouthpiece and a nicotine cartridge, which delivers nicotine when you puff or suck on it.
The nicotine is released as a vapour, enters the mouth and throat area and is absorbed through the inner lining of the cheeks and lips, from where it enters the bloodstream and travels to the brain.
None of the nicotine is drawn into or enters the lungs, making it much safer than smoking a cigarette.
Each nicotine cartridge contains enough nicotine for around 400 puffs. To release the equivalent amount of nicotine contained in a cigarette, you would need to puff on the inhaler about 80 times. If the smoker continually sucked on the inhaler, each cartridge would last for about 20 minutes. The recommended number of cartridges that should be used in one day is between 6 and 12 depending on how many cigarettes the smoker was used to smoking. Usually one cartridge is used in three separate 20-minute sessions.
Although your body will acquire just the right amount of nicotine that it needs to control the withdrawal symptoms from not smoking, it will not receive any of the harmful substances like tar, carbon monoxide and all the other numerous carcinogens and poisonous toxins that also enter the body when smoking a cigarette.
The nicotine inhalator is particularly useful and valuable for those smokers who miss the physical action of smoking a cigarette, as it keeps the hands busy as if you were holding and smoking a cigarette. It is one of two forms of NRT, along with the electronic cigarette, that addresses the physical side of smoking a cigarette and the addiction to nicotine.
How does the nicotine inhalator work?
Each time that the smoker feels the need to smoke, he takes the inhalator into his hand, holding it as he would a cigarette and sucks hard onto the mouthpiece until the nicotine can be tasted in the mouth. The smoker can use one of two techniques in order to release the nicotine from the cartridge, either shallow puffing on the mouthpiece or a deep inhalation method.
As the nicotine vaporises, it is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and you will feel a tingling sensation in the mouth and throat at this point.
When the nicotine reaches the brain, the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking stop and the smoker can put the inhalator aside until he has another urge to smoke.
The inhalator should be stored at room temperature and is most effective when used at room temperature also. If it is too cold, the nicotine evaporates less quickly and more frequent puffs will need to be taken in order to release the nicotine. On the other hand, if the temperature is too high (above 30°C), more nicotine is released and you will have to take fewer puffs.
Doctors recommend that the smoker starts the course by using 6 - 12 cartridges per day for the first 8 weeks. For the following two weeks, the dose is reduced to half that amount, so between 3 - 6 cartridges. In the final two weeks of the course, this second amount is gradually reduced to no cartridges and stopping altogether.
Whilst the inhalator helps the smoker to deal and cope with the physical withdrawal symptoms of not smoking over the 12 week period and it also keeps the smoker's hands busy during this time, so the smoker is left to work on his behavioural dependence of nicotine and find other activities to do in times of stress or anxiety, after food or whilst drinking coffee or socialising.
What is the success rate?
Many researches say that smokers, who wish to stop smoking and use the inhalator in order to do so, will double their chances of success.
During research studies to test the effectiveness of the inhalator compared to a placebo, which would be the equivalent of going cold turkey, many more of the users of the inhalator were still not smoking after six weeks, 3 months, 6 months and a year.
Is this method safe?
This method of NRT is completely safe for most people, although care should be taken in the following cases:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is best to consult your doctor before starting any treatment with a nicotine replacement therapy tool.
- If you are under the age of 18. If a person under 18 cannot give up smoking by any other means, a doctor should also be advised. NRT may be safe on teenagers, but the necessary tests to prove this, have not been carried out as yet on anyone under the age of 18.
- If you have or have had any form of heart trouble or cardiovascular disease.
- If you are diabetic.
- If you have asthma or any other breathing problems or lung disease, for example emphysema or bronchitis.
- If you suffer from certain stomach disorders, such as a peptic ulcer or gastritis.
- If you have an overactive thyroid.
- If your kidneys or liver do not function properly.
Care must also be taken when disposing of the inhalators, especially if you have young children or pets in the home. If a pet or young child managed to ingest some of the nicotine from an empty (or full) inhalator, it could lead to severe poisoning and illness.
Are there any side effects?
The main possible side effects that could occur upon using the nicotine inhalator are sore mouth and gums, especially if the maximum amount of cartridges is being used each day.
Other side effects may also be experienced, although they do tend to be quite mild with the inhalator and will probably disappear after a few weeks of continual use.
- Vivid dreams
- Aching joints or muscles
- Mouth ulcers
- Stomach pains
If the side effects are particularly severe and do not disappear, you should stop using the inhalator and consult your doctor immediately.
What are the advantages of using this method?
- The inhalator deals with the hand to mouth action of smoking.
- You can regulate the amount of nicotine that enters your body.
- The withdrawal symptoms are minimised.
- It is easy to use.
- The nicotine reaches the brain fairly rapidly.
Are there any disadvantages?
- The inhalator is not very discreet.
- You have to carefully dispose of the nicotine cartridges.
- It can be costly.
- There may be side effects.