Stop smoking treatments
Nicotine replacement therapy
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) comes in lots of different forms and helps you to overcome nicotine cravings. A course usually lasts between 8 and 12 weeks. It’s available on prescription.
Therapies include patches, gum, sprays, lozenges and inhalators – things that look like plastic cigarettes. All these therapies release nicotine into your bloodstream without you needing to smoke.
Stop smoking medications
There are two other medications available on the NHS: varenicline (Champix) and buproprion (Zyban). Both can double your chances of quitting. They can have side effects similar to those you might get if you quit tobacco.
E-cigarettes are becoming a popular way of quitting. There’s some evidence e-cigarettes can help you quit, with similar results to using NRT.
Public Health England said in 2015: “best estimates show e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes, and when supported by a smoking cessation service, help most smokers to quit tobacco altogether.”
You can’t yet get e-cigarettes as a stop smoking aid on prescription from the NHS. But stop smoking services will help you to quit if you plan to use e-cigarettes.
For advice on stop smoking treatments speak to your GP, pharmacist or a smoking cessation nurse.