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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 2615-2620

Nicotine replacement therapy: A friend or foe

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saraswati Dental College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
3 Darshan Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shruti Sinha
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saraswati Dental College, 233, Faizabad Road, Tiwariganj, Chinhat, Lucknow 227105, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_313_20

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), tobacco cessation is a primary health-care service that should be provided not only to the people having adverse habits of consuming tobacco but also to the nonconsumer, as they can also be harmed due to its deleterious effects. Tobacco has been regarded as a potential risk factor for oral diseases such as oral potentially malignant disorders and oral cancers. Various aids of achieving cessation have been studied, including education of the ill effects of tobacco to the patient, behavioral counseling, and pharmacotherapy. Various pharmacological interventions are available nowadays but nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is most widely used. The various types of NRT products results in general and breakthrough craving relief with immediate release of nicotine. All of these products have different levels of efficacy and variable rates of nicotine absorption. Knowledge of these will be beneficial for the patients, the budding dentist and the nation in the upcoming days ahead.

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