Addiction to nicotine in tobacco is the main reason why people continue to smoke. The inhalator works by replacing some of the nicotine you would normally inhale from cigarettes. It consists of a mouthpiece which attaches to a cartridge containing nicotine. When you draw air through the mouthpiece, it releases nicotine from the cartridge. You absorb the nicotine through the lining of your mouth.
Using an inhalator can help to reduce withdrawal symptoms when you quit, such as cravings, anxiety, and irritability. However, it may not stop these symptoms completely.
Unlike nicotine patches and gum, the nicotine inhalator is designed to mimic the hand-to-mouth ritual of smoking. A pack-a-day smoker may bring their hand to their mouth about 200 times a day. For some people this may be a hard habit to break. The inhalator allows you to reduce the amount of nicotine you take in and stop the hand-to-mouth habit in steps.
Why may I still have cravings while using the inhalator?
You may still have cravings while using the inhalator because:
- You may not be using it properly. Read Using the inhalator and the product information to avoid common problems.
- You may not be getting enough nicotine from the inhalator. If your cravings are bad and do not lessen within 20 minutes of starting use of the inhalator, you could consider other options. These include using a higher dose nicotine product, or using two nicotine products at the same time (read Can I use nicotine patches with other nicotine quitting products?). Speak to your pharmacist or doctor, if you think this is a likely cause of your cravings.
- You have an urge or desire to smoke when you are in situations where you are used to smoking.
Certain things may trigger cravings, such as:
- places where you normally smoke, such as home, work, or the pub
- people who you usually smoke with, such as family or friends; or being alone
- habits or routines where you are used to smoking, such as when drinking coffee or alcohol, talking on the telephone, after meals, or when you want to relax
- emotions, such as anger, boredom, being tense or upset; or for some people, when they are happy.
You need to understand why you smoke in order to plan ways to deal with these situations. People most successful at resisting urges to smoke use a range of coping strategies to help them. Making your home smokefree, avoiding trigger situations where possible in the first few weeks, and getting rid of cigarettes in your home and car are all helpful strategies. Information, advice or support is available for the cost of a local call from the Quitline.