GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the maker of Nicorette, is excited to announce new, flexible
ways to help you quit smoking that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA). No two smokers are the same, so no two quit attempts are the same. Nicorette
can help support your quit in three important ways:
You can start using Nicorette on the day you decide to quit, even
if you aren’t immediately able to stop smoking. For some
people, making the switch from cigarettes to Nicorette happens all at once. For
others, it may take a little time before they’re ready to completely stop smoking.
The important thing is your commitment to quit. The FDA has said that there are no
significant safety concerns associated with
using products like Nicorette with cigarettes.
If you slip up and smoke, you should continue to use Nicorette and
continue quitting. Even the FDA agrees that it’s better to
keep moving forward with your quit. A slip-up
doesn’t mean you have to start over at square one. You should continue using Nicorette and keep trying to quit smoking completely.
If you need more than 12 weeks to quit with Nicorette, that’s okay
too. You should plan to use Nicorette for the 12 weeks
indicated in the label. However, if you feel you need to continue using Nicorette
for longer in order to keep from smoking, it is safe to do so in most cases. You
should consult your health care professional about your decision.
About the Announcement
You may be wondering why the directions on these products are changing now. Recently,
the FDA made a recommendation to remove certain warning statements and make modifications
to the directions for use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products like
This recommendation was based on extensive and reassuring safety and efficacy research
on over-the-counter NRT products, like Nicorette, which have helped millions of
smokers around the world quit by gradually weaning them off of their tobacco addiction.
We know quitting smoking isn’t easy, but these new directions for use give smokers
new options as they move along the path to becoming smoke-free. We are committed
to helping people understand the new directions for use in order to help them
stop smoking on their own terms.
You can read the complete FDA statement at