SALES of nicotine patches in the Balearics rose by 88 percent in the first five months of 2006 in comparison to the same period in 2005, to 6'700, while sales of nicotine chewing gum fell by 20 percent. According to sources from the pharmaceutical sector this is evidence of a change in the preferences of people who want to give up smoking when it comes to selecting a product to help them. The sources said that, in fact, some 1'400 people in the Balearics are taking some kind of treatment to stop smoking, which boils down to nicotine chewing gum, patches and the medicine bupropion. This is a decision which more smokers have taken since the national Antitobacco law came into force at the beginning of this year. The tendency towards nicotine patches is explained by the “better guarantee of success” and “more convenience” associated with the use of patches which, once applied to the skin, release the nicotine dose which the user needs. Actually, some 270 people in the islands take this product regularly, 130 more than in 2005.