Smokeless Tobacco (cont.)

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What treatments are available to help people quit using smokeless tobacco?

Smokeless tobacco is an addiction that can be overcome. As with cigarette smoking, various support systems, programs, and even prescription medications are available to help people quit using smokeless tobacco. For example, nicotine gum (Nicorette), nicotine patches (Habitrol, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol) and lozenges can be used to wean the person from nicotine addiction. In addition, prescription medicines such as bupropion SR (Zyban and Wellbutrin SR) and varenicline tartrate (Chantix) have been effective in some patients that are trying to quit nicotine.

Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/11/2014

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