Nicorette FAQs

Is it ok to use Nicorette and still smoke?

Nicorette can be used while you are still using cigarettes. But instead of using them together just for the sake of it, it’s better to use Nicorette and cigarettes flexibly so that you can create a quitting plan that works for you. Once you have made the decision to quit smoking, you can use Nicorette products to help substitute cigarettes and lower the level of nicotine in your system.

How long should I wait after my last cigarette before I can start using Nicorette?

Choose a date for when you plan to start progressing down the road of quitting smoking. You can begin using Nicorette that day to limit your use of cigarettes, even if you are not able to stop smoking cigarettes immediately.

How long do I need to use Nicorette to help me quit smoking?

It’s best to use Nicorette products for a full 12 weeks to boost your chances of success. If you find that you need to use Nicorette for longer than this, you can. If you’re unsure about using Nicorette for longer than 12 weeks, consult your healthcare provider.

Why can I not eat or drink for 15 minutes before using Nicorette?

Even mildly acidic foods and drinks inhibit nicotine absorption into your bloodstream. A basic alkaline pH balance is needed for the nicotine in Nicorette to be properly released from the gum and absorbed through the lining of your mouth. For this reason it’s best to wait for 15 minutes after eating and drinking before using Nicorette.

Is it safe to use Nicorette products when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Only use Nicorette products during this time if you have received the go-ahead from your healthcare provider. Smoking can seriously harm your baby and it’s better if you quit without using nicotine replacements. While Nicorette is safer than smoking, the risks to your child are unknown.

What if my child or pet accidently eats a piece of Nicorette?

Nicorette should be kept out of reach of children and pets. If Nicorette accidently gets ingested, get professional assistance or contact the poison control centre immediately.