Power up their<br /> ability to quit<br /> for good

Who is a good candidate for Combination Therapy?

Smokers who:

Have used NRT in a previous quit attempt but relapsed while using it


Feel they need something more than a patch or other single form of NRT to keep from smoking.

Meet Four Smokers Who Could Benefit from Combination Therapy:


Rhonda, 56

Rhonda misses the hand-to-mouth sensation of cigarette smokin

"Sometimes I will put my fingers to my lips thinking that I have a cigarette in my hand, which only makes my cravings worse."


Rapid acting NRT that mimics hand-to-mouth sensation such as:

NICORETTE Patch to maintain background nicotine levels.

Mike, 34

Mike suffers from intense cravings and finds himself ready to cave to his cravings almost immediately

"I feel really vulnerable. WEak. It stresses me out when I feel a craving coming on. I wish I could control it, but I end up smoking."


Rapid acting NRT to relieve intense cravings such as:

NICORETTE Patch to maintain background nicotine levels.

Michelle, 42

Michelle has found quitting difficult, especially at work. She needs something discreet and easy to use during the day

"Me and the girls would go on our smoke breaks together. It's something I miss. I find myself craving a smoke at work - and I always feel like I'm going to cave."


Discret, rapid acting NRT for intense cravings, such as:

NICORETTE Patch to maintain background nicotine levels.

Henry, 52

Henry finds that old habits tied to smoking, such as driving in the car or having a drink with friends, brings on very strong cravings

"It gets to the point where the craving is the only thing I can focus on - I can't enjoy a simple night out with my buddies."


Rapid acting NRT for intense, breakthrough cravings:

NICORETTE Patch to maintain background nicotine levels.

Covering the Cost of Combination Therapy

Summary of public reimbursement for smoking cessation treatment across Canada

British Columbia

All residents with a valid provincial health card are eligible to receive 12 weeks (84 days in a row) annually of cost-free NRT through the
BC Stop Smoking Program;
As of January 1, 2016, patients can:

  • Access an expanded selection of NRTs, as noted below.
  • Sign up for the B.C. Smoking Cessation Program at their local community pharmacy. They no longer need to call HealthLink BC for this service.

The B.C. Smoking Cessation Program covers:

  • NICORETTE Gum (2 mg, 4 mg)
  • NICORETTE Lozenges (2 mg, 4 mg)
  • NICODERM Patch (7 mg, 14 mg, 21 mg)
  • NICORETTE Inhaler (10 mg)

In Ontario, patients on Family Health Team rosters are eligible for the CAMH STOP program, which provides free NRT as either monotherapy or combination therapy.


In Quebec, if two NRT formats (e.g. patch + gum) are included on the same prescription, RAMQ will reimburse for the combination.

In Other Provinces

In other provinces where one format is covered, consider advising your patients to purchase the second format themselves.

Coupons are available to help defray the cost.

How can I help my patients power up their quit attempt?

  • Provide support. Find helpful patient educational and support materials here
  • Provide incentives. Coupons for NRT products are available for download

The first and only NRT with Health Canada product license support for use as combination therapy in Canada.

NICODERM + Inhaler OR gum OR lozenge OR QUICKMIST