Quitting smoking can be very difficult. This is because the nicotine found in cigarettes is highly addictive.
When smokers stop smoking, their bodies crave the nicotine and this leads to many uncomfortable symptoms including:
- Irritability and/or depression
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Nausea and tummy cramping
- Cold sweats
- Sore throat and coughing
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain
READ: Tobacco Past & Present
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has been shown to be an effective adjunct to help people quit smoking. NRT is a safe way to deliver nicotine to the body in place of smoking cigarettes. It therefore reduces the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms making the quit journey more tolerable.
In Singapore, NRT is available as chewing gum and patches.
The only brand of NRT available in Singapore is Nicorette. Nicorette chewing gum comes in an Icy Mint flavour. It also comes in 2 strengths – 2mg and 4mg.
How do I choose which strength to use?
If you smoke one or more packs of cigarettes (20 cigarettes) per day – use the 4mg strength
If you smoke less than one pack of cigarettes (20 cigarettes) per day – use the 2mg strength
How many gums can I chew in a day?
You should chew a gum each time you have the urge to smoke. As time goes by, you should need fewer and fewer gums.
A recommended weaning program is:
First 12 weeks – 8 to 12 gums per day
Then reduce to 4 to 6 gums per day over 2 weeks
Then reduce to 1 to 3 gums per day over another 2 weeks
Then gradually reduce to zero gums
How do I chew Nicorette gum? Do I just chew it non-stop?
Chew the gum until you the flavour becomes strong. Then place the gum between your teeth and cheek. The nicotine from the gum will be absorbed through your cheek. When the flavour fades, chew the gum again. Keep repeating these steps for 30 minutes. After which the gum can be disposed of. When you have the urge to smoke again, chew another new gum.
What is the price of Nicorette gums?
The price of Nicorette Icy Mint gums at our clinics in Singapore are:
- 30 pcs – $28.50
- 105 pcs – $82.00
- 30 pcs – $42.00
- 105 pcs – $119.00
Nicorette is also available for delivery via our medication delivery service.
Need more help to quit?
Join the Singapore’s Health Promotion Board I Quit program.
Call 1800 438 2000 to talk to trained consultants to help you through your quit journey. Sign up for the 28 days quit program and get rewarded for staying smoke free: https://www.healthhub.sg/programmes/88/IQuit
Speak to your doctor today for more information regarding Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).