Lung Cancer

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Nicotine replacement products can be a bridge to a tobacco-free life

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 47 years old and have been a smoker since I was 15. I've tried to quit more times than I can count. My wife says I should try nicotine replacement. But that doesn't make sense to me. I want to be done with cigarettes and nicotine. How will putting more nicotine in my body help me kick this addiction?

ANSWER: When you're trying to get rid of a cigarette habit that's rooted in nicotine addiction, it may seem odd to look to nicotine for help. But nicotine replacement products are safe and effective aids for people trying to stop smoking. Particularly when paired with other smoking cessation techniques, nicotine replacement often serves as a bridge to a...