It is not recommended that you use cigarettes while using NRT. Smoking is, after all, what you are trying to stop and even one cigarette can be prove a very seductive way back into the habit. Again, there is also the risk of subjecting your body to too much nicotine.Your health professional may recommend, however, that you use a form of NRT while you are not completely free from cigarettes. NRT can help people temporarily abstain from cigarettes and these cigarette-free periods can gradually be extended. This may help you reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke daily. If you were down to smoking only a few cigarettes a day then it would make sense to continue NRT until you can work out how to cease completely. If you were smoking about the same as you used to smoke and using NRT then you should probably stop using the NRT. This is because the NRT does not appear to be working in this case and you may have actually increased your nicotine intake.