Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) tool

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is a first-line-pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation, with combination NRT more effective than monotherapy. If you are considering pharmacotherapy for a patient who smokes, and NRT is clinically appropriate, you can use this handy tool to guide initial dosing. Guidance around NRT in pregnancy can be found here.

Adapted with permission from The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners from: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals. 2nd edn. East Melbourne, Vic: RACGP, 2019. Available at

Please refer to the relevant Product Information before providing NRT recommendation.

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The content contained in the Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Tool (Tool) is a resource of Cancer Council Victoria, which provides information and resources to health professionals (you) for the purpose of guiding health professionals when initiating NRT for patients who smoke (Content). It is not intended as medical advice, and is not a substitute for health professionals using their clinical judgement to determine individual medical needs. You must rely on your own skill and care with respect to the appropriateness of your use of the Content.

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