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Can I use the inhalator to cut down over time?

You can use the nicotine inhalator, lozenge, mouth spray or gum while cutting down the number of cigarettes you smoke before stopping completely. This method is recommended for smokers who are not ready or unable to quit. If you are willing and able to suddenly stop completely, that method has a higher success rate for stopping smoking.

The aim of this method is to stop smoking completely. There is no clear evidence that cutting down, without ever actually quitting, has any health benefits in the long term.

The first step is to start using the nicotine inhalator, and cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke per day by half over six weeks. You should not use more than 12 cartridges in a day. Somewhere between six weeks to six months (preferably as soon as possible), you stop smoking cigarettes altogether. You then continue to use the inhaler in the same manner as people who have just stopped smoking suddenly (read Using the inhalator). You may use the inhaler for up to 12 months. The Quitline can offer you advice on cutting down and provide support when you want to stop completely.

Smoking while using the nicotine inhalator does not appear to increase health risks over smoking alone. If you reduce your smoking while using the inhalator, your nicotine blood levels are likely to be no higher than when you were smoking only. There have been no reports of serious side effects from using these nicotine replacement products while smoking in studies. However, some people using the inhalator may have side effects (read Side effects).