Yesterday, I'm happy to say, marked my three week anniversary of giving up smoking. I had my last fag just before going to bed on the Sunday night, shedding a silent tear at the soon-to-be end of a twenty three year friendship, and the following morning woke up to a Nicorette Inhalator - which frankly just isn't the same with my early morning coffee, but at least it's not giving me cancer and is actually helping much more than I thought it would in my no-smoking battle.
An Inhalator is basically a small plastic tube, shaped at one end to go between your lips comfortably - the tube twists open in order for you to insert a 'nicotine cartridge' (or 'addict vial' as my partner so eloquently puts in, in between puffs on his cancer laden Superking - there's no piety quite like the piety of being a recently quit smoker...) and the inside of both ends are pointed to puncture the foil which lines the ends of each cartridge. The Inhalator is no use without the cartridges as those are what help with the tobacco cravings, with each cartridge containing 15mg of nicotine which has been infused into what looks like a wad of cotton wool shoved into the middle section of the clear plastic cartridge. It doesn't look very impressive in any way, but it honestly works a treat and I credit the Inhalator as being infinitely more effective than either smoking patches or my willpower!
I've never smoked as soon as I get up, but do tend to have my first cigarette within the hour if time allows. For this reason the pharmacist who is running my no smoking group (ie. run in, grab a prescription and make excuses as to why I can't stay for the group - she doesn't seem to mind) suggested I have my first 'dose' of the Inhalator half an hour after waking. This seems to be working for me and I no longer crave (too badly) my first cigarette of the day, which was actually one of the very few ciggies which were an enjoyment to me rather than being habitual. The beauty of the Inhalator as opposed to other methods of quitting is that you can use it as and when you need to; I keep one at home, one in the car and a third in my handbag so I've always got my little device to hand in case of pangs of 'want'. The relief I find is pretty much instantaneous and this is partly due to the nicotine I'm inhaling from the Inhalator, but also I'm sure a lot of it is simply because I'm lifting it to my mouth and sucking on it as though it were a cigarette. It works both ways and for me that makes it so much better than a patch or piece of gum - I don't chew gum, I loathe the sensation of chewing gum in my mouth so why I'd start on that particular habit in a bid to kick another one is beyond me. The same goes with the no-smoking lozenges - which taste absolutely putrid and I'm sure would lead to me eventually smoking just to rid myself of the aftertaste. A patch is all well and good, I'm using those in a 'meh' kinda way too and they do seem to be helping me to curb my cravings - but not half as well as the Inhalator is as my patch just sits there vaguely irritating the skin on my arm, whereas I feel like I'm actually 'doing something' when I use the Inhalator. Even if this example of 'doing something' is pretending to smoke.
Each cartridge lasts a set amount of time, from memory it's four hours but this is when in use so to put any kind of figure on it is ridiculous really as even the most heavy smoker wouldn't sit inhaling the Inhalator non-stop for hours on end. I can tell when the cartridge is 'running out' of nicotine as the taste changes and my craving isn't stopped dead as quickly as when I use a fresh cartridge, for me it was apparent from the first day when I needed to change the cartridge but can't think of any way to accurately time it considering I'm reaching for the Inhalator at odd times through the day. I don't think I use the Inhalator for as long as a cigarette would last me (roughly eight minutes) but I like that I can dip in and out of the treatment at will - during very tough periods I'll have the little plastic tube clamped between my teeth in an Entonox-during-childbirth kinda way (ie. ALWAYS in the mouth) but other days I'll pick it up and have the odd puff here and there but don't spend very much time with the Inhalator at all. It's brilliantly versatile, allows my hands to think I'm still a smoker and just WORKS for me.
There are a couple of downsides to using the Inhalator, both of which are unavoidable really considering the type of product it is. The taste is the first one, it's not pleasant. A non-smoker would certainly find it preferable to the taste of a cigarette but as a seasoned smoker I find the hollow nicotine taste pretty offensive sometimes, Nicorette have added menthol to the cartridge to make it taste slightly more pleasant - it doesn't work, I can't even focus on the menthol over the horrid dry taste of nicotine. If only the Inhalator had some carcinogenic tar in the blend it might taste better, eh? The second factor, and the reason my uncle couldn't use the Inhalator, is the harsh cough-inducing feeling that sometimes occurs when you suck on it. I've learned that for myself the best way is to stop short of inhaling as deeply as I would if smoking a ciggie, if I try to inhale this dry nicotine all the way down to my lungs I'll cough like a woman at the end stages of TB - not a pretty picture, and disheartening considering I barely even cough to clear my throat while I'm smoking 20 a day!
All in all I can't fault the Inhalator and will continue to use it for as long as I need to. It's not a cheap method of packing up smoking (although cheaper by far than spending £7 - £8 a day on fags), the current price in Boots is £21.99 for 42 cartridges plus the Inhalator with smaller size packs being available where you get less and less value for money. You can use up to twelve cartridges a day (I use roughly five) so the cost could mount up pretty quickly if you're a very heavy smoker who has chosen the Inhalator to help you quit. It's worth seeing what help your doctor or local pharmacist can offer, in Birmingham we're given free prescriptions for certain no-smoking products regardless of circumstances and without having to fit any specific criteria - if this is nationwide then you're on to a winner, for the sake of popping into a designated place once every ten days or so to have a carbon monoxide reading taken you can save yourself a fortune. Not to mention possibly giving yourself extra years of cancer and heart disease free life.
If I can do it so can you!!!
About two years ago I decided it was time I gave up smoking. Initially I thought will power alone would work, how wrong could I have been. This product, the Nicorette Inhalator was the solution to what I can only describe as one of the most stressful period of my life. Basically, the inhalator is a replacement cigarette, in the sense that you replace the harmful actual cigarette with this, a plastic none harmful one, which simulates actually smoking but without the harmful chemicals you get normally. It doesn't look like a cigarette, aside from the fact you put it in your mouth and inhale.
You separate the inhalator into two pieces and insert a capsule, with a foil seal on either side. Once you have connected the two pieces together, the inhalator breaks the seal, and allows you roughly 15 to 20 minutes of smoking time. Normally I would have gone through around two of these caps a day, only needing a few puffs whenever I would ordinary have a cigarette. It works by providing you with a hit of nicotine, which what you are actually addicted to when smoking. I found that when I started using it, I was getting a head rush with the first few puffs, very much like the feeling you get after you have a cigarette for the first time.
I didn't need to use any other things when quitting, the inhalator did for me. Over time, I found myself to be using it less and less, eventually not needing it at all, which was when I could finally say that I was a non smoker. I was always uneasy about going back to cigarettes, but with the help of the Nicorette Inhalator, from the moment I had my final cigarette, I haven't touched another.
The levels of nicotine in these aren't as high as an ordinary cigarette, and therefore, it works by gradually easing you off your addiction, to eventually not being dependent upon it anymore. You can choose to either go out and buy this product yourself, or, you can visit your doctor or local Quit Smoking clinic, where they can be prescribed to you and get them from a chemist.
There is of course a major caution that should be given when using this product. You shouldn't smoke and use the inhalator at the same time. Not only would it be counter productive, but highly dangerous as you would be getting more nicotine than would be regarded safe. Also, they say that if you are under 18 then you shouldn't use it, but I have known teenagers that have done so to help quit.
When compared to a pack of cigarettes, the pricing isn't that much different. I bought my first pack from Boots and paid £7.99, for which I got the actual inhalator and 8 capsules. You also have the option to buy packs of the capsules on their own, which pack sizes ranging from 12, up to 42, which of course is more expensive.
If you are currently thinking about quitting, but unsure If you will be able to, then I definitely recommend using this product. Like I say it really helped me, so based on my own personal experience can say that is works a charm.
As with my review on the patches this is not about giving up smoking, its not about why you should give up smoking, and it's not about what smoking does but about the product that's supposed to help you do it. Hence this may seem a little shorter than some other reviews. I'm doing it with this and the Nicorette patches and its going quite well I must say! At the time of writing 80 days without a ciggie!
You can either buy them in the chemists or major supermarkets, if you are eligible you may be able to get them on prescription as I do, they can be prescribed by a nurse or a smoking cessation advisor. If you get them prescribed then you pay the price of a prescription which I believe is around £7.50, to buy the box is around £22, so it doesnt make any sense to get them non-presciption!
What you get for your money is a cardboard box with 36 'cartridges; in it and the inhalator. The inhalator is a tube about 2 1/2" long, it flattens at the end with a lip around the edge. Into this goes a cartridge.
Easy enough to use, the sections pull apart, you push a cartridge in one end breaking the seal, place the other end on, click together and twist. Then it's all ready to go.
So the Inhalator is used at those moments when the cravings hit, not as a complete replacement for cigarettes, sorry to say but you are still going to need some willpower!
Each of the cartridges has about 40 minutes of use and you can use this time as you please. So let's say, 4 10 minute inhalations, or 10 minutes the six lots of 5 minutes. However you mustn't use more than 6 cartridges in one day. Then it's up to you how you use it. You can take deep or shallow 'sucks'. What I have found is that I need to take really deep inhalation to feel like its working but that's' just because I've felt like I need to taste it in order to think it's worked. I have been known to just stick it in my mouth for long periods though and continually suck on it long after the cartridge has run out. And no, I couldn't think of one single way to write this without it coming across as a rude innuendo! The taste isn't entirely pleasant either, it's almost a peppery taste or sensation on the roof of my mouth, and you do get used to it though and it's nowhere near as vile as the taste of the lozenges or spray.
Another side effect that I have got is that if I over-did it I felt slightly sick and this went on for a while. Oh, and decide to use it just as you put a patch on and you'll get a huge whack of nicotine. Subsequently I managed to make myself extremely dizzy which wasn't at all pleasant.
There is a whole list of other side effects; they include Very Common, Common, Uncommon and Very Rare. It could be a cough, nasal congestion, hiccups, palpitations or abnormal heart beats, the former 2 can just be a side effect of giving up smoking anyway, the latter 2 caused by too much nicotine. And as for hiccups, I presume that's just from sucking in too much air!
Frightening sounding stuff though. Use them sensibly and there should be no problems.
Do remember to clean the filter out a few times a week. I left it a few days and there was loads of fluff in it, I may as well have been sucking on my jumper!
It does work, but for me it wouldn't have been enough on its own. It does work as a 'top-up' when the cravings particularly hit. I have reduced its use quite considerably but always have it just in case! It has been the mouth and hand thing that have always been my problem, but this has pretty much solved that problem.
What I don't like is, and which was a bit of a revelation was that it is too much like a drug preparation. As is smoking, I guess! But hopefully a couple more months and I'll be totally free of both of them!
**Update** After writing this a month ago I'm now off the patches and down to about 1 cartridge a day. Go me!
When I decided to quit smoking I knew I was going to have a big problem trying to do so. Not because I didn't want to quit but because I have very little will power. I have smoked since I was 18 (Late starter I know!) right through till now I'm 38. I have tried and failed to quit before due to the lack of willpower I suffer with however when I gave up for 6 months before I did it with the help of this type of inhaler and patches. This time I'm doing the same, I use a mix of both and I'm giving up with the help of a local chemist so I get the stuff free as I'm within a quit programme thankfully or this could work out more expensive than actually smoking!
Lets be clear from the onset though! I don't believe any nicotene replacement will alone help you quit if you don't want to, I mean really, really want to. I actually got my patches (a low dose) and an inhaler after thinking about quitting and giving myself a date to quit by, this happened both times I have really wanted to quit and I do see 6 months as a decent first time quit however it wasn't down to the nicotene replacement failing me as to why I started again but drinking, smoking so used to go with that! Lol.
Smoking is anti-social. It stinks. It makes my beautiful home stink. Its expensive. It makes your fingers and teeth yellow and a big reason for me wanting to quit was that I suffer with M.E and am prone to dropping off and own a gorgeous kitten and 2 lovely hamsters....its not fair putting them in danger with my bad habit and I did once drop off holding a lit fag that shocked the hell out of me. Quite simply though I grew sick of smoking and the time it took to do, away from my family and friends who don't smoke. Simply it was just time for me to stop and stop I have, I've eliminated the stress from my life and have only positive energy around me so I made sure I had no excuse to fail this time....even when I shoved a knife right through my finger I'm happy to say I wasn't tempted! Maybe I do have will power after all lol.
Well the box these come in is white, purple and green and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by, that my cartridges contain 15mg of nicotene in each and that I have 36 cartridges and that they are to 'Replace hand to mouth action of a cigarette and to relieve cravings' then on the back of the box other information listed includes telling us a fair bit about the product, directions for use are given, warnings are listed, we are clearly told what we should find in the box, storage advice is given and contact details for the manufacturer are also clearly given. Inside the box I have 36 of the cartridges within see through and foil backed strips in 6's so handy to pop in a bag or whatever so I never run out, I got one plastic pen like holder (the inhaler) in a see through wrapper that is easy to tear off it and a pamphlet giving yet more information about the product. The packaging is highly informative and well laid out and the directions for using it are ever so simple!
Well this is meant to be used to help combat cravings so you can use it to help quit or simply to cut down on how many you usually smoke, even use it instead of having a cigarette in places you can't smoke in (which seems to be everywhere lol).
The inhaler is white, plastic and slightly shiny in its appearance. It splits into two halves and all you do is simply grab a cylinder shaped cartridge which is see through and with foil to each end of it and shove it in and simply twist it gently back together. It really is easy, the inhaler is about the length of a standard cigarette and one end is thinner than the other and you just suck through that. No smoke is emitted, there is no smell from it and its legal to suck it anywhere! You remove the cartridge when you can no longer get any nicotene from it and it is simply and easily is removed and you throw it in a bin and pop another in!
The directions given on my pack says no more than 6 cartridges should be used per day, I use a lowish dose of patch and what I do is simply use this when I really miss a fag I have a few puffs of it, particularly at night when I'm alone and I really miss it...... its more the action of doing I miss to be honest cos I really don't miss smoking one bit!
These are fantastic. They aren't hard to suck on and get some of the pure nicotene out of, it tastes a bit harsh at the back of my throat but I really only need a couple of 'blasts' on it to stop my craving as it is an instant fix and very fast working. The only thing I worry about it giving up the inhaler cos that will be hard cos I'll miss the action of smoking but fact is I feel healthier, not so tired, I'm told I smell wonderful and my pets are safe so I'm a very happy bunny as a newish none smoker!
A pack of four of these cartridges costs about £6.49 the box and the ones I got given to me are about £21.99 (Superdrug prices though widely available of course) so they are not cheap so if you can find a scheme like I did you will get free help as encouragement to quit!
I really do rate these very highly indeed..... well they work for me and I don't miss the fags either. I'm richer than I believed possible now I'm not buying fags and I'm no longer a slave to the deadly weed! Its a good feeling!
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I had smoked since I was 15 on and off; I gave up when I had my daughter (1999) and did not smoke for 8 years afterwards. I didn't even think about it really. I split from my daughters father and started dating my ex husband, within a year (he smoked) I started to feel the urge to smoke again, I would light his cigarette then give it to him, gradually I would hold onto it a little longer, until before long I was a fully fledged smoker again, smoking 20/30 per day. I enjoyed smoking, and I never really gave much thought to giving up. A few years passed and this June I was rushed into A & E, it had nothing to do with the smoking, just a bad viral infection that affected my liver but I was dangerously ill. I was put on a ward in hospital with two women who smoked, had emphysema and were on nebulisers to help them breathe. They still visited the smoking area outside the hospital for a cigarette, then come back to their beds, plug themselves back into their heart monitors and cough repeatedly for hours. I was in hospital for 9 days and did not smoke once while in there. When I came out of hospital, I decided not to continue smoking, after all I had not had one for so long, was it worth starting now, and I was determined not to end up like one of the ladies in hospital.
I was visited by a lady from a stop smoking group at the hospital, who tried to sign me up to a quitting group (not interested was determined to use my own will power). She also wrote me up for the Nicorette Inhaler and cartridges, there were 42 in the pack along with an inhaler and an instructions manual on how to prepare and use it. The cartridges slot into the inhaler, with each end clicking to open the ends of the cartridge. You use the inhaler as you would a cigarette and suck it, when the need arises. There were a list of side effects, but I did wonder whether even if I developed any of these, would it have been worse that the side effects of smoking?
We are now in November, five months since stopping and can say honestly that I have only had half a cigarette which I did not finish or enjoy. I used the inhaler, not constantly, but I had it on me at all times in case I really had cravings. The taste was nothing like a cigarette, although it did give that nice burn at the back of your throat when you inhaled. I haven't used the inhaler in about 6 weeks; I still have 38 cartridges left in fact. They are very expensive and had I not been written up for these by the hospital, I wouldn't have bought them for myself. You do need to have will power with these, using them like cigarettes would work out very expensive and you would be better off just buying actual cigarettes. They have no smell, but they do stop the craving itch, if you can afford them they are worth using.
When I quit amoking 2 1/2 years ago I tried a number of different things to help, I was wearing the patches for the first week (see previous review) and I also using the chewing gum which I didn't like and the inhalator. I bought the inhalator from the local supermarket and it cost about £18 at the time for 42 catridges and the actual device.
The inhalator comes packaged in a silver and purple box which is quite a nice combination of colours, it shows a picture of the device in the top left hand corner and the name of the product on the front. On the back of the box you have some useful information such as "the inhalator is used to relieve and/or prevent withdrawl symptoms and reduce cravings when you try to stop smoking or when cutting down the number of cigarettes that you smoke."
The cartridges are suitable for adults and children over 12 to use although if you are pregnant you must consult your doctor before using this product, if you have lung disease apparently you may struggle to use this product. The inhalator itself is made with 2 pieces of plastic, mine was black but there are other colours available. The two pieces of plastic screw into each other and the cartridge sits inside. One end of the inhaltor is circular and one end is flatter which is the bit you place in your mouth and use to inhale.
The cartridges come in foil backed plastic packets which hold 6 cartridges each, each cartridge contains 10mg of nicotine aswell as menthol, the packs are a good size to slip in your pocket or handbag. The cartridges are small circular tubes with foil covers at each end, when placed in the inhalator the foil is pierced for the product to be inhaled. The cartridges are yellow in colour but can be seen through and there is a small sponge looking bit in the middle of each one.
I found the inhalator very easy to use, putting the cartridges in was easy and inhaling was just the same as smoking, the taste of the product is not the best but it is bearable, you can tell when a cartridge is finished easily as the taste gets weaker. The inhalator is comfy to hold and keeps your hands busy, I tended to use it on an evening when I would have sat smoking and watching TV. I used the inhalator for about 4 weeks in total and feel that this is the item that helped me the most whilst quitting and 2 1/2 years later I am still smoke free. I do believe you have more chance in quitting when using quitting aids than doing it on your own.
Until last year I was a fully fledged smoker. I used to smoke about 15 cigarettes a day and was constantly smelly, feeling run down & ill and a lot poorer for the main part. When we decided to get married I felt that I should give up smoking and while I had tried to stop in the past I had always gone back to smoking again. I didn't suffer too much when giving up after a week or two but then something happened and a few weeks later I always ended smoking again. The last time I stopped smoking I decided would be the final time and so I used a number of aids to help me in my quest.
One such item that I briefly used was this Nicorette Inhalater. This is basically a piece of plastic that is designed to help replace the need for a cigarette in your hand. You place a cartridge of nicotine within the inhalater and then you can begin to use it by simply holding it like you would a cigarette and inhaling. The inhalater is protected with a piece of foil to keep it clean before use and to actually open the inhalater you need to match up the two halves before it will allow you in insert a cartridge. This is all quite simple and the packet told me all I needed to know.
The first item that I purchased was the inhalater with 6 refills. This allowed me to try out this item, for around the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes. I felt that if it was not successful for me and I continued smoking that at least I would not have wasted too much extra money. You can purchase additional cartridges in numerous packet sizes including 20 cartridges for around £16.00. These are available from Boots, selected Sainsburys stores and numerous other places.
My main reason for purchasing this inhalater was so that I could use it when I was experiencing extreme boredom or stress. I used the patches and gums also but this was more of a sideline kind of product for me. When I had a stressful day or just felt that need to light up a cigarette I would use this, puff on it a few times and then feel the craving lower quite significantly. This can be used when cutting down on cigarettes, as I initially did and I really did feel that this helped to reduce my need for a cigarette. I felt a little bit stupid holding and inhaling on this so I tended to use it when I was in my own home or around people that I felt comfortable with.
This does not really give the same taste as a cigarette but it is certainly different to puffing on air or ones containing 'smoke' such as electric ones. There is a taste to this, not a very nice one admittedly but then cigarettes do not taste very nice anyway.
I found that I would use this about 5 or 6 times before it needed to have the cartridge replaced but I would probably have needed this more if I was not using patches or gum as well.
This definitely helped me to cut down the amount of cigarettes that I was smoking and this is what lead to me giving up smoking completely. In the past I always went back to smoking but now it has been around 9 months and I have not had a single puff or even craved one after a drink or when surrounded by smokers. This is definitely down to the fact that I cut down over time before stopping completely. In the past I have been determined to stop smoking and this time it was no different, however I definitely consider myself a non-smoker now after such a length of time without smoking and I detest smoking now as do most people who have given up smoking for good!
I was a smoker for 10 years.. until i one day was dared to quit on new years eve 2010! ok yes i know it was silly but it worked. i was so adamant to prove to my friends i could quit that i actually did..
Now i swear by these nicorette inhalators! i could not have done without them. they gave me all the sensations i needed, the need to hold something in my fingers like a cigarette, to put it towards my lips like a cigarette and to inhale and get some satisfaction as i would with a cigarette.. most of all when i was out drinking in bars with mates and they were all going out to have a smoke, i would open my bag get the inhalator and have a few puffs and feel fine... i wont lie there were a few times where i was inhaling on it constantly for a minute haha but it is not dangerous and without realizing it in less than 5 weeks i stopped using it at all... i remember my friend asking me where it was and i had no clue- i couldn't believe it!
this is the best product ever! i really couldnt have done without it, and i recommend it to anyone serious about quitting!!
it helps with cravings- just decided to quit and get this!!
Having smoked around between 10-20 cigarettes daily for 14 years I decided to try to quit. I thought I would give the Nicorette inhalator a try. It cost me £20.10 for the pack which included 1 inhalator and 42 cartridges.
I thought it was going great, really didn't feel the need at all to have a real cigarette. I was a student at the time and fellow classmates smoked and I used to go out for a smoke with them. Having used it for a few days, I decided to test my willpower and go along with them as usual for a smoke. I was pleasantly surprised how well I coped with seeing them smoking and smelling it whilst I sat there using my inhalator.
I used between around 6 cartridges per day. I found I had to puff quite hard to feel any benefit of this.
However after 6 days, I felt very agitated and pretty miserable. I rushed out to the shops and purchased cigarettes. Ohh the relief I felt was immense. However, I did feel I'd given in far too early though and was a bit disappointed in myself.
I think the Nicorette Inhalator is a very good product but I guess it's like with any smoking cessation aid, you really have to want to quit. Willpower is what is required the most I think and unfortunately I didn't have enough of that and I wouldn't blame this product at all.
As some of you already know I'm currently cutting down drastically on my cigarette consumption with a view to quitting the evil weed completely. I'm using the Nicorette chewing gum as my choice of nicotine replacement but it wasn't my first choice. Initially I thought the Nicorette Inhalator would be ideal for me.
The Inhalator is a plastic device that you insert nicotine cartridges into and then inhale on it like you would a cigarette. Frankly I know now that I hadn't thought through my weakness when giving up smoking and the Inhalator wouldn't have been my first choice had I stopped and given this more thought. I actually bought one because one of my friends successfully managed to stop using this device so it had already been road tested so to speak. However there is alot of psychology behind smoking, nicotine addiction is only a small part of the problem, there's the routine, the habit, the connection with moods and of course once you stop there's the problem of what do you do with your hands or your mouth? The Inhalator seemed to me like it would cover both the hands and the mouth but on reflection it only deals with the hands. If you struggle to find something to do with your hands when you're not smoking this is probably the best method for you.
I thankfully started with a couple of starter packs which only contain 6 cartridges each and an Inhalator device in each pack. The refill packs of 42 cartridges cost about £22 upwards depending on where you buy them from and also contain a fresh mouthpiece. My two starter packs cost me £5 each which was actually quite a bargain as they seem to normally cost about £7-£8.
Your mouthpiece comes sealed in a tray and once you've pulled the foil off you will find a small plastic object that looks like a slim whistle. To open this you have to line up the raised lines of plastic on the two halves, I didn't realise this and it took me ages to figure it out! Then you take a cartridge from the blister packs and insert it firmly into the bottom of the inhalator (the part without the flat section for your mouth) and push the two pieces back together again. This breaks the seal on the cartridge and you now have the amount of nicotine in your Inhalator you would get from 2-3 normal cigarettes.
There's no hard and fast rule about how many puffs to take on this, you can puff away continuously for about 20 minutes if you want to. Most people apparently use between 6 and 12 cartridges a day so it depends how heavy a smoker you were and it can be used alongside cutting down. You can take deep puffs or short puffs, hold it your hand all day long and use this inside in pubs and restaurants.
My first problem was the fact the device is opaque white plastic, how would I know when to change the cartridge without dismantling it every few times? The answer is you don't and it's a bit of a design fault really, it ought to have a clear window at least.
So onto using it. I placed mine in the same drawer I keep cigarettes in so each time I made a beeline for a ciggie I'd see it. It worked and I found myself merrily inhaling on it within the first couple of hours. It tastes like a mixture of fresh air and ashtrays and I suspect you can easily gulp down alot of air using these. So after several puffs and now feeling a bit on the dizzy side I left the kitchen with the intention of not having the ciggie I'd gone to fetch. Within minutes however I was fidgeting and struggling not to go back.
This happened every time I used the Inhalator over the 2 days I tried it and it finally dawned on me that the problem was it wasn't my hands that needed keeping busy, it was my mouth. Although this has a hand to mouth smoking movement attached to it it's fairly short-lived unless you want to puff away for ages and I was finding the cravings weren't going off and nor was my agitation because this didn't occupy me for long enough before I got dizzy and felt a bit sick. I didn't manage to cut down my cigarette consumption particularly well using this and the realisation it was my mouth that needed the distraction during a craving attack directed me towards the gum which is working alot better and I'm now down to a very small amount of cigarettes each day.
For me this just didn't do the job and left me feeling like I still wanted a cigarette and I needed more of a distraction of my mouth rather than my hands. In days gone by when I smoked in pubs I would have found this the best method to use whilst out but now there's so few public places where smoking is permitted it doesn't suit my needs. If you smoke inside your house (I don't) this may suit you for something to do with your hands. For me though it was a complete waste of time and money so I can only give it a low 2 star rating for containing much needed nicotine while us smokers give up.
This is what I used for my first attempt at giving up smoking. I must say I was very disappointed by how bad they actually were. I gave up as a new years resolution in the office as were three others that were also on these inhalers to aid them through the cravings. They worked for one girl but she did start smoking again after 4 months! The rest of us failed badly with this. I myself lasted just two pathetic days.
I had a lot of faith in this product because of the nicorette brand is so well known to smokers and non smokers alike. I was not sure whether to get these or the chewing gum but settled on this as my colleagues had decided to give it a go. I smoked 20 a day at the time so I wasn't a light smoker as such. It was more out of boredom when there was nothing to do at work.
The box itself contains one inhaler and approximately 6 little cartridges to get your fix! This cost me about 13 euro in a pharmacist. You can however get a larger pack that will last longer. It says on the packet that after twenty puffs the cartridge should be replaced but I found i could get more. Or maybe it was having a placebo effect on me I'm not sure.
The inhaler is small and easily fits in your pocket. Pull either end and it will pull apart into two chambers. The top chamber is where you insert the cartridge of nicotine and once you put the two ends together again all you need to do it puff when you get a craving. The cartridges are about half an inch and look like little clear cylinders with foil on either end that is pierced once inserted into inhaler. Pretty basic really.
I would not recommend it as i found it a useless gimmick. After giving up with nicorette patches shortly after the difference is insane. I used this inhaler for just two days and It never successfully fought a craving. It was even worse than I had anticipated because each time I inhaled it work burn may throat. I thought it was just a reaction but it also happened to the colleagues who were also using this inhaler.
I just wouldn't waste the money or will power on this. Go get the patches and save yourself in my opinion. It ruined my confidence not being able to keep going longer than two days. Took me another few weeks of smoking to get that confidence back so it actually lost me money!
I have tried several times to stop smoking and have been fairly successful when I have tried extra hard unfortunately at the moment I am still smoking but the last attempt I had of giving up I tried these Nicorette Inhalator's to try to aid my quitting.
The Nicorette Inhalator is a small plastic device which contains a burst of Nicotine and is said to really help when giving up smoking as not only are you having a small amount of what the body is craving, but you are also simulating the action as you would if you were smoking a cigarette.
The Nicorette Inhalator's are a little expensive if purchased without a prescription as 42 cartridges will cost around £42 but of course you can get a weeks worth on a prescription if you sign up from the "Stop smoking" service that your local GP would offer or indeed your local pharmacy. The price of this then falls dramatically to around £8 for an NHS prescription.
The Inhalator's are designed for adults and children over 12 years of age that of course are addicted to smoking. You are said to start off with using a maximum of 12 cartridges per day and then gradually easing yourself off of them.
They are simple to use and work just like you would expect. The cartridge needs offering up to your lips and a pulling in with your breath needs to be done in order to pull on the cartridge. This then releases the nicotine inside the plastic tubing and is supposedly meant to relieve you of your cravings.
I didn't seem to personally get on with using these Nicorette Inhalator's and only ever used the one packet. I felt that the action of smoking was also something that I needed to get out of the habit of and this of course just brought back happy smoking memories! The other aspect and really the main one was that I found the nicotine hit that you get from sucking these Inhalator's very nasty. It seemed to hit the back of the throat in a way that a cigarette never did and instantly dry my throat causing me to cough and splutter and need a glass of water!
Of course I know a lot of people who have gotten on really well with using these and have successfully managed to stop smoking for good. However my experience was not a great one and I would much prefer to stick to using the patches for my next planned effort to stop smoking.
Al in all I have to say me personal experience of these Nicorette Inhalator's was not enjoyable or worth while and for that reason I feel a 1 out of 5 star rating is applicable.
Still recommended to give them a try though as they might work for you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Unfortunately I am still a smoker and have tried everything I can think of but I have all the will power of a gnat and inevitably the cravings get the better of me and I end up running to the shop with my tail between my legs to buy a packet of cigarettes. I am completely ashamed to admit I am addicted to cigarettes fully and completely and even the thought of running out and the shop being closed is enough to send me into a cold sweat.
During one of my attempts to stop I got myself to the chemist and purchased a load of quitting aides spending a small fortune in the process. One of the aides was a nicorette inhalator which is a small plastic tube that you attach a nicorette cartridge to. You then puff on the inhalator when a craving comes on you and it gives you a hit of nicotine and it also gives you the feeling of holding a cigarette and the hand to mouth action which is important as a lot of the addiction has to do with habits.
The nicorette inhalator cost me £23.00 for a pack of 42 cartridges which I thought was expensive but I thought if it helped then it would be worth it. It's recommended you use between 6-12 cartridges a day depending on how heavy a smoker you are so a pack will only last a few days for a heavy smoker and works out more than a packet of cigarettes a day.
Unfortunately I didn't succeed with stopping the last time but I did think the inhalator was a good product. For someone like me who is a heavy smoker I don't think it gives enough of a relief against the cravings but it did help to minimize them. I also liked the feeling of having something to hold. It may seem like a small thing but I was really aware of my hands for the first time and honestly didn't know what to do with them and the inhalator really helped me with that.
I really do want to stop smoking and i am going to give it another shot and hopefully I will be stronger this time. I will definitely use the inhalator again this time and hopefully in combination with patches and gum it will be enough.
** My Experience **
I found this product to be the only thing from stopping me running to the nearest shop and buying as many cigarettes as I could get hold of. In times of stress, anger or frustration whilst giving up, this product was my saviour.
The product comes with capsules which you insert into the inhalater whenever you need to use the inhalater. Basically, one capsule will do you about 20 minutes of smoking time but you won't use this all in one go as I found I felt a little light headed after about 5 or 6 puffs. You can feel the nicotine hitting the back of your throat and this is what makes you feel like you are smoking.
Initially I was worried that I would get addicted to this instead of the cigarettes but gradually you find that you use it less and less, until you suddenly find that you don't need to use it at all.
** Detailed Product Information **
Nicorette Inhalator is designed as an aid to stop smoking by helping relieve nicotine cravings. You should ask your doctor before using this product if you are breast feeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from allergies.
** Cautions **
Always read the product information and do not exceed the recommended dosage.
** Age Restrictions **
You must be at least 18 to buy this product.
** Price **
This product is available to buy from most high street pharmacies. Boots offer a starter pack with the inhalater and 6 cartridges for £6.99. They also offer a box of 42 cartridges without the inhalater for £23.00.
** My Overall Opinion **
I would highly recommend this to anyone trying to stop smoking. I was a heavy smoker of over 20 a day and this certainly helped me. I used this in addition to the nicotine patches and I would also recommend this as I don't think the inhalater would be enough on its own.
i'm proud to say , i am not a smoker , never was , never will be , when i was a little girl i used to imagine that each cigarette is a monster trying to take my mother away from me. the good news is my mother quit smoking 22 years ago. bad news is now i'm in love with a smoker. we've been married for9 years. and i've tried all women tricks to convince him to stop smoking, so did our children. but his will wasn't strong enough , until i got him nicorette inhaler ,it really helped , had both psychological and physical effect. the actual inhalling process is so much like the real smoking act. or so do i imagin, helping the user through the first most difficult days. we only needed one pack, because after the first few days pass it gets much easier.
in england you can get it through NHS and can buy it from all pharmacies for a very reasonable price, perfect present for the smokers you love, even for the ones you don't love :) doesn't smell like a flower , but certainly makes the smoker smell much better.