A longer acting form of NRT would be recommended if you smoke frequently throughout the day, because it will help to control frequent cravings through the slow and steady release of nicotine over 16-24 hours.4,5
A shorter acting form of NRT would be recommended to help control any intense cravings for cigarettes, because they work much faster than the patch.
Each form is available in different strengths (i.e. contain different amounts of nicotine). Determining the strength that is right for you will depend on many factors such as: how many cigarettes you smoke per day, how soon after waking you smoke your first cigarette, the amount of nicotine in the brand of cigarettes you smoke etc.4,5
Your doctor or pharmacist can help you create a quit plan that best suits your needs.