One may ask what is so harmful about cigarettes? A chemical you can find in cigarettes is nicotine. Nicotine is addictive, but it is not the most harmful part of a cigarette. This is why using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as the patch or gum is a safe choice if you need help with reducing or quitting smoking. When you use NRT, you only get the nicotine and not the other chemicals in cigarettes. NRT can help reduce
withdrawal symptoms and increase the chances of quitting. Speak to your healthcare provider about whether it is safe for you to use NRT. If you're not sure of what to say, you can try some tips from our
How to Talk to Your Healthcare Provider.