Do you guys or someone yon know ever used Nicotine inhalators?

I've seen them sitting on a shelf in a pharmacy the other day.

It seems it's a pretty novel way of attempting a quit or to "cut down".

At 23 to 35 Euros per bottle, they're pretty expensive.

What it is

One of these bottles contains ~150 doses. With a max safe dose of 64 per day and max. 4 per hour. Supposedly you'd use those 64 doses each day, a bottle would last you around two and one third days, which is pretty much three bottles per week.

Given the current price point that would equate 10 to 15 Euros per day.

A dose is supposed to administer around the same dose you'd get from a cigarette, so for all intents and purposes, *one dose = one cigarette*. You're allowed to take two doses at once every once in a while, but never exceed 4 doses per hour, and these 64 doses every 24 hours.

However, the dose is set to 1mg/dose, which is more than most regular strength cigarettes (the strongest filter cigarettes, have 0.9mg/cig here).

How much it costs

A dose costs between 0.375 to 0.54 Euro cents. A cigarette costs between 0.26 to 0.32 Euro cents - so about twice as much as for a regular cigarette. Given NRTs are always on the expensive side, I'd say this is pretty much what you'd expect.

So if you'd constantly use that bottle to the max, you'd pay anywhere from 9.5 to ~15 Euros per day.

However 64 doses would mean anywhere around 64 cigarettes per day, so a fairly heavy smoker.

The package suggest using the product for 12 weeks. Meaning instantly switching from cigarettes to that spray (so unlike Chantix, where you're supposed to smoke for the first week or so).

Personally, I think twelve weeks a little long for a cessation program, but let's do the math real quick.

Technicalities

So the program is 84 days long, (12 weeks) and lets assume you max out the 64 doses on your first day. As the packaging says, one bottle delivers 150 doses.

On day 84, you're supposed to wane yourself off of nicotine so much, that it's the last day of nicotine intake, and from day 85 onward, you're not supposed to take the spray anymore.

The actual doses per day can be computed using the following function:

It's adjusted, so the dose is 64 on day 0, and 0 on day 85. The function follows inverse exponential depletion, which follows the same sort of depletion curve, nicotine has inside the human body.

At the end of your program, you're supposed to have taken **1139 doses**, and your **8th bottle** is 40% full at that point.

Eight bottles will cost between 192 Euros and 280 Euros, depending if you can get a special deal, and where you get them (what pharmacy that is, they're not sold in drug stores). That is pretty expensive...

However assuming you never stopped, and smoke one pack a day, that would be 84 * 5.2 = 462 Euros. So even though it's kinda expensive, it's still *less* expensive than smoking through the whole time.

Conclusion

I understand the product, especially from a convenience stand point. I can see how it simulates the "hit" of a cigarette, and it kinda disguises itself as a mouth freshener, so it wins on the inconspicuousness level.

I find it kinda expensive, though. Also, I think the cessation program is very long. I think with just a tiny bit of self discipline, I'd say you could do it in half the time.

I think the dose is too high. 1mg/dose is more than a regular cigarette, and I think that doesn't make sense.

Since the nicotine addiction is taken on ever so slowly, I could see how people go right back to smoking cigarettes, when you run out of that spray or lose your bottle, and you can't get a new one right away.

I'd love to know, if and how these sprays are helpful. The packaging and websites are full of marketing blather, saying things like it'll "triple your chances to smoke", without saying whether if it's the first try, or a consecutive quit attempt. If one dose contains 1mg of nicotine, that would be like smoking a whole regular strength cigarette in one single draw! I can't imagine that's pleasant.

Also, I can see how the minty taste and smell, and things like the novelty of it might make people just use the spray instead of cigs, without actually quitting. Kinda like the ever so famous "vapers".

I must say I'm quite skeptical of it. Then again, I guess it's not much different from nicotine gum.

Appendix

Code used: (license: ISC)

#!/usr/bin/env lua function round(num, idp) local mul = 10^(idp or 0) return math.floor(num * mul + 0.5) / mul end local c=0 for d=0,85 do local s = round(64 * math.exp(-d/17.4)) c = c + s --b = math.ceil(c / 64) b = c / 150 print("day: " .. d .. " ; doses: " .. s .. " ; cumulative doses: " .. c .. " bottle: " .. round(b, 2)) end

Data: (when the bottle number says "4.21" for instance, that means you used 21% of bottle 5)

day: 0 ; doses: 64 ; cumulative doses: 64 bottle: 0.43

day: 1 ; doses: 60 ; cumulative doses: 124 bottle: 0.83

day: 2 ; doses: 57 ; cumulative doses: 181 bottle: 1.21

day: 3 ; doses: 54 ; cumulative doses: 235 bottle: 1.57

day: 4 ; doses: 51 ; cumulative doses: 286 bottle: 1.91

day: 5 ; doses: 48 ; cumulative doses: 334 bottle: 2.23

day: 6 ; doses: 45 ; cumulative doses: 379 bottle: 2.53

day: 7 ; doses: 43 ; cumulative doses: 422 bottle: 2.81

day: 8 ; doses: 40 ; cumulative doses: 462 bottle: 3.08

day: 9 ; doses: 38 ; cumulative doses: 500 bottle: 3.33

day: 10 ; doses: 36 ; cumulative doses: 536 bottle: 3.57

day: 11 ; doses: 34 ; cumulative doses: 570 bottle: 3.8

day: 12 ; doses: 32 ; cumulative doses: 602 bottle: 4.01

day: 13 ; doses: 30 ; cumulative doses: 632 bottle: 4.21

day: 14 ; doses: 29 ; cumulative doses: 661 bottle: 4.41

day: 15 ; doses: 27 ; cumulative doses: 688 bottle: 4.59

day: 16 ; doses: 26 ; cumulative doses: 714 bottle: 4.76

day: 17 ; doses: 24 ; cumulative doses: 738 bottle: 4.92

day: 18 ; doses: 23 ; cumulative doses: 761 bottle: 5.07

day: 19 ; doses: 21 ; cumulative doses: 782 bottle: 5.21

day: 20 ; doses: 20 ; cumulative doses: 802 bottle: 5.35

day: 21 ; doses: 19 ; cumulative doses: 821 bottle: 5.47

day: 22 ; doses: 18 ; cumulative doses: 839 bottle: 5.59

day: 23 ; doses: 17 ; cumulative doses: 856 bottle: 5.71

day: 24 ; doses: 16 ; cumulative doses: 872 bottle: 5.81

day: 25 ; doses: 15 ; cumulative doses: 887 bottle: 5.91

day: 26 ; doses: 14 ; cumulative doses: 901 bottle: 6.01

day: 27 ; doses: 14 ; cumulative doses: 915 bottle: 6.1

day: 28 ; doses: 13 ; cumulative doses: 928 bottle: 6.19

day: 29 ; doses: 12 ; cumulative doses: 940 bottle: 6.27

day: 30 ; doses: 11 ; cumulative doses: 951 bottle: 6.34

day: 31 ; doses: 11 ; cumulative doses: 962 bottle: 6.41

day: 32 ; doses: 10 ; cumulative doses: 972 bottle: 6.48

day: 33 ; doses: 10 ; cumulative doses: 982 bottle: 6.55

day: 34 ; doses: 9 ; cumulative doses: 991 bottle: 6.61

day: 35 ; doses: 9 ; cumulative doses: 1000 bottle: 6.67

day: 36 ; doses: 8 ; cumulative doses: 1008 bottle: 6.72

day: 37 ; doses: 8 ; cumulative doses: 1016 bottle: 6.77

day: 38 ; doses: 7 ; cumulative doses: 1023 bottle: 6.82

day: 39 ; doses: 7 ; cumulative doses: 1030 bottle: 6.87

day: 40 ; doses: 6 ; cumulative doses: 1036 bottle: 6.91

day: 41 ; doses: 6 ; cumulative doses: 1042 bottle: 6.95

day: 42 ; doses: 6 ; cumulative doses: 1048 bottle: 6.99

day: 43 ; doses: 5 ; cumulative doses: 1053 bottle: 7.02

day: 44 ; doses: 5 ; cumulative doses: 1058 bottle: 7.05

day: 45 ; doses: 5 ; cumulative doses: 1063 bottle: 7.09

day: 46 ; doses: 5 ; cumulative doses: 1068 bottle: 7.12

day: 47 ; doses: 4 ; cumulative doses: 1072 bottle: 7.15

day: 48 ; doses: 4 ; cumulative doses: 1076 bottle: 7.17

day: 49 ; doses: 4 ; cumulative doses: 1080 bottle: 7.2

day: 50 ; doses: 4 ; cumulative doses: 1084 bottle: 7.23

day: 51 ; doses: 3 ; cumulative doses: 1087 bottle: 7.25

day: 52 ; doses: 3 ; cumulative doses: 1090 bottle: 7.27

day: 53 ; doses: 3 ; cumulative doses: 1093 bottle: 7.29

day: 54 ; doses: 3 ; cumulative doses: 1096 bottle: 7.31

day: 55 ; doses: 3 ; cumulative doses: 1099 bottle: 7.33

day: 56 ; doses: 3 ; cumulative doses: 1102 bottle: 7.35

day: 57 ; doses: 2 ; cumulative doses: 1104 bottle: 7.36

day: 58 ; doses: 2 ; cumulative doses: 1106 bottle: 7.37

day: 59 ; doses: 2 ; cumulative doses: 1108 bottle: 7.39

day: 60 ; doses: 2 ; cumulative doses: 1110 bottle: 7.4

day: 61 ; doses: 2 ; cumulative doses: 1112 bottle: 7.41

day: 62 ; doses: 2 ; cumulative doses: 1114 bottle: 7.43

day: 63 ; doses: 2 ; cumulative doses: 1116 bottle: 7.44

day: 64 ; doses: 2 ; cumulative doses: 1118 bottle: 7.45

day: 65 ; doses: 2 ; cumulative doses: 1120 bottle: 7.47

day: 66 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1121 bottle: 7.47

day: 67 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1122 bottle: 7.48

day: 68 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1123 bottle: 7.49

day: 69 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1124 bottle: 7.49

day: 70 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1125 bottle: 7.5

day: 71 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1126 bottle: 7.51

day: 72 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1127 bottle: 7.51

day: 73 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1128 bottle: 7.52

day: 74 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1129 bottle: 7.53

day: 75 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1130 bottle: 7.53

day: 76 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1131 bottle: 7.54

day: 77 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1132 bottle: 7.55

day: 78 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1133 bottle: 7.55

day: 79 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1134 bottle: 7.56

day: 80 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1135 bottle: 7.57

day: 81 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1136 bottle: 7.57

day: 82 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1137 bottle: 7.58

day: 83 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1138 bottle: 7.59

day: 84 ; doses: 1 ; cumulative doses: 1139 bottle: 7.59

day: 85 ; doses: 0 ; cumulative doses: 1139 bottle: 7.59

Fun fact: while in the first half (six weeks) you'll go through seven bottles, you'd go only through slightly more than half of one bottle in the second six weeks (second half).