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How well does the patch work?

People who use the nicotine patch are nearly twice as likely to quit and stay stopped.

When using the patch you absorb less nicotine at a much slower rate than when smoking. This makes it less addictive and easier to stop using than cigarettes. After putting on the patch, the level of nicotine in your blood slowly rises over a few hours. If you take off a patch and immediately put on a new patch, your nicotine level will remain raised. Over a day, patch users typically absorb up to two-thirds the dose of nicotine that they would get from smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

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