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Can I use the lozenge to cut down over time?

You can use the nicotine gum, inhaler, lozenge or mini lozenge 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 lozenge, and cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke per day by half over six weeks. Somewhere between six weeks to six months (preferably as soon as possible), you stop smoking cigarettes altogether. You then continue to use the lozenge in the same manner as people who have just stopped smoking suddenly (read Using the lozenge). You may use the lozenge for up to nine months. The Quitline (13 7848) can offer you advice on cutting down and provide support when you want to stop completely.

Smoking while using the nicotine lozenge does not appear to increase health risks over smoking alone. If you reduce your smoking while using the lozenge, 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 the lozenge while smoking in studies.  However, some people using the lozenge may have side effects (read Side effects).