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If you’re reading this, you may well be a smoker, and like 70% of smokers, you’re probably thinking about quitting. Again.
You’re likely familiar with most of the options already out there – patches, gums, sprays, lozenges and prescription medicines. Unfortunately, while these have helped many people quit smoking, many more haven’t found success with them.
Nearly 50% of people who smoke manage to quit on their first attempt. However, for the remaining 50%, it typically takes up to 20 years and 30 attempts to give up before you finally bid farewell to smoking for good. The harm caused by smoking builds up over that time, moving you closer and closer to becoming another smoking statistic.
If you smoke, the most important thing you can do for your health is to quit and do so now.
Nicotine Vaping Products (NVPs) are now available in your local pharmacy
Also known as ‘e-cigarettes’, NVPs may have the potential to help people who have tried to quit smoking and failed to quit for good when used with their doctor’s supervision.
As of 1 October, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has created a pathway to access these products legally. In addition, most of the major pharmacy banner groups now stock pharmaceutical-quality options in-store, so you can discuss these with your local pharmacist.
But, you’ll need a prescription to access them
As nicotine is now regulated as a prescription-only medicine by the TGA, people who smoke and have tried and failed to quit with traditional therapies should discuss their options with a GP.
With your doctor’s support, nicotine vaping may be the thing that can finally help you to get rid of the health and financial burden that goes hand in hand with smoking.
Find out more about quitting options
Smokefree has all of the information you’ll need to help you understand the options available to help you quit smoking, visit smokefreeclinic.com.au
Give it a go, and begin your Smokefree journey today.
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4Hartmann-Boyce, Jamie, Hayden McRobbie, Nicola Lindson, Chris Bullen, Rachna Begh, Annika Theodoulou, Caitlin Notley, et al. 2020. “Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation.” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 360 (October).
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