So you've made the decision (you've thought about) quitting smoking. Great job!
Patches, sprays, gums – it can be so overwhelming on what your options are and who you can go to for support and advice. Blooms The Chemist can support you on jour journey to quit smoking, from support and advice to working with you on creating a quit plan, we’re not quitting on you!
Everyone is different and therefore, there are different methods to quit smoking. Some of these methods include:
Using Your Support Services
Such as your GP, Pharmacy staff, Quitline and QuitCoach. These support services help you in your journey to quit smoking.
Your local Blooms The Chemist pharmacist can help you create a plan to quit smoking, identify your triggers and help you select products to assist.
Quitline – call 137848 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday
QuitCoach – an online tool that helps you create a quit plan for you
Gradually Cutting Down
This involves slowly reducing the number of cigarettes you are smoking until you have completely stopped smoking. If you want to try this method, you could start by reducing the number of cigarettes in your packet each day or you can increase the time between cigarettes.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
This method is a safe way to get the nicotine your body craves without exposing you to all the harmful chemicals and additives found in cigarettes. Many people struggle to quit without any help because of their withdrawal symptoms. NRT will help break the dependence on cigarettes by offering a low dose of nicotine in various forms such as patches, gum, tablets or sublingual sprays. These are available online or at your local Blooms The Chemist and you do not need a prescription for these item.
Going cold turkey is where you give up suddenly without any help or support. This is a popular method to use however, it is not as successful as using a combination of methods and support. If you do want to try going ‘cold turkey’, try to avoid situations that will trigger your desire to smoke, focus on the benefits of not smoking, have a plan for what you will do if you experience cravings.
Medicines can be used to help you quit smoking. They help with reducing withdrawal symptoms and block the nicotine receptors in your brain, preventing the pleasurable effects of smoking. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options for quitting smoking.
It's important to understand that quitting smoking will not be easy and may take multiple attempts. Using various methods and having a support team behind you will give you the greatest chance of success. Make sure you celebrate the small wins and try not to dwell on any setback or failures. If you would like to create a quitting plan, talk to your local Blooms The Chemist team. Click to find your nearest store now.