Many over the counter nicotine inhalers look like a real cigarette. In truth, it is a slender plastic cylinder the size of a normal cigarette. Permeable nicotine plugs are inserted into the base of the plastic cigarette. When the smoker draws on the nicotine inhaler, a nicotine vapor is taken out and absorbed into the lining of the mouth and throat. The act of drawing and holding a nicotine inhaler imitates the habit of cigarette smoking unlike other forms of nicotine replacement thus improving the ability to quit smoking.
Instructions on using a nicotine inhaler will vary slightly with each brand. Generally, one should puff in either shallow breaths every two seconds or deep breaths every four seconds for a total of twenty minutes. Users are advised to puff frequently, using from 6 to 16 cartridges per day during the first twelve weeks. The amount of cartridges used will vary with the original smoking habits of each individual. During the subsequent 6 to 12 weeks, a smoker is advised to reduce the number of cartridges.
The most common side effects associated with over the counter nicotine inhalers include mouth and throat irritation. Other less frequent symptoms include dizziness, coughing, runny nose, or upset stomach. The symptoms are generally mild and have been known to fade away with regular use.
Continuing to smoke, chew tobacco, use snuff, or any other nicotine containing products while using a nicotine inhaler is hazardous. Certain medical conditions and medications may interact with nicotine inhalers. It is important to speak with a medical professional before using any form of nicotine deterrents.
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