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All single forms of NRT are similarly effective and the choice of type should be based on susceptibility to adverse effects, patient preference and availability.

There is no good evidence that one form of NRT is more efficacious than any other form (e.g. gum versus patch) when used at standard doses. In direct comparisons between gum, patch, nasal spray and inhalator, there were no short-term differences in abstinence rates or withdrawal discomfort.

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