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Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

What is NRT?

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy is medication that can help to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings in order to help you quit.1
  • These medications contain nicotine and are meant to replace the nicotine that you would normally get from using tobacco but without the chemicals and toxins found in cigarettes.1
  • There are several forms of NRT (PDF 377KB) available such as the nicotine patch, lozenge, gum, mouth spray, and inhaler.
  • When combined with counselling, NRT can increases your chances of quitting for good.2

Where can I get NRT?

NRT products such as the patch, lozenge, gum, spray, and inhaler are available over the counter without a prescription at most drug stores or pharmacies.

NRT products may be available at no cost through the following:

  • STOP on the NET: An online research program designed to support individuals 18 years of age and older in an attempt to quit smoking. Eligible participants are mailed 4 boxes of nicotine patches and 2 boxes of gum or lozenges.
  • Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation Community Program: For Ontarians who want to quit smoking but are not enrolled with a health care provider or cannot easily access smoking cessation support. Eligible participants will receive a consultation, follow-up support, and nicotine replacement therapy vouchers. Call 1-888-645-5405 and leave your contact information on the voicemail. A Nicotine Addiction Specialist will get back to you within 2 business days.
  • Healthcare Providers (HCP): Those who are members of participating Family Health Teams, Community Health Centre, Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic, or the Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centres (SOAHAC) may offer free NRT to eligible patients.
  • The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) for First Nation and Inuit.
Date of creation: September 24, 2015
Last modified on: January 22, 2021


1Ontario Lung Association. (2012). Journey 2 Quit: A Workbook to Help You Quit Smoking. Retrieved from
2The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU). (November 2013). Findings from the Ontario Tobacco Survey and other OTRU studies. Retrieved from