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Increase your chance of quitting with Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Peninsula Health Pharmacist Darshana Meanger.

Today is World No Tobacco Day.

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people around the world every year. It’s never too late to quit smoking. Within two weeks of quitting tobacco lung function increases. After 10 years the risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker.

If you are thinking about quitting, have you tried Nicotine Replacement Therapies? Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) increase the chance of quitting smoking by 50% to 70%. NRT replaces some of the nicotine people normally get from smoking, without the other harmful chemicals found in cigarettes. 

Peninsula Health Pharmacist Darshana Meanger says many people are unaware that different types of NRT are available, including patches, gum, lozenges and sprays, and can be used in combination with one another.

“Combination therapy has been shown to increase quit success rates by 24% to 54%, compared to using a patch alone.”

“Patches are popular because they are convenient and heavily advertised. However, many patients tell me that the nicotine spray works best for relief of immediate cravings when initially quitting,” explains Darshana.

NRT is medically-approved and reduces the desire to smoke as well as the symptoms experienced when giving up.  The strength and type of product will depend on how many cigarettes are smoked a day.

Find out how you can access NRT through Peninsula Health by calling 1300 665 781.