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Last activity on July 22, 2024


Cigarettes per day as a guide to NRT prescribing

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This table demonstrates some general guidance which can be used by advisors when deciding on which forms of nicotine replacement therapy to prescribe a client. Cigarettes per day can be a useful initial indicator as to how dependent a client is on nicotine, and therefore which product types are better suited. 

Please note that this is just a guide, and you must look at each client on a case by case basis. For example, someone who is smoking under 10 cigarettes per day may need a lower strength patch as well as a short acting product. 

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