MYTH. It is not nicotine, but the thousands of other chemicals in cigarette smoke that are responsible for most tobacco-caused diseases.
FACT. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is safe and effective for smokers looking to quit.
MYTH. Cigarettes are far more addictive than nicotine gum or the patch because nicotine reaches the brain much faster through inhaling it.
FACT. It is far more dangerous for patients with heart disease to continue to smoke than to use NRT.
MYTH. Having a cigarette while using the patch does not increase the smoker’s risk for a heart attack, however, it is not advisable to smoke while on the patch.
FACT. Smokers should be in control of how they use the nicotine patch or gum and should vary the dose according to their own needs. Like smoking, it takes time to learn how best to use the nicotine patch or gum to benefit from it.
MYTH. The nicotine patch, gum or inhaler may be used at the same time as smoking medication. In fact, some studies show improved effectiveness when used in combination.