If you are finding stopping smoking difficult, then Dears Pharmacy can help you…
The physical cost of smoking
Wheezing, shortness of breath, lack of energy, poor concentration, dull skin, nicotine-stained fingers, premature wrinkling, reduced fertility, risky pregnancy, baby at risk, damaged taste buds, stained teeth, lung cancer, emphysema, stroke, heart attack.
The social cost of smoking
Children at higher risk of asthma, cot-deaths, bronchitis and glue ear, Smoke gets in your eyes; dusty, stuffy home; nicotine stains your walls as well as your fingers; increased risk of fire in the home.
The financial cost of smoking
At today’s rates, a 20-a-day smoker will spend approximately £1800 a year on cigarettes which could have been spent on, for example, a holiday, a car, home improvements etc.
It has been proven that combining Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) with one-to-one support increases your chance of quitting by up to four times more than if you go it alone.
All our pharmacies offer a FREE Stop Smoking advice that can support you every step of the way.
What advice can I get?
You will be able to discuss your smoking goals with a trained member of staff, who will be able to offer advice on how best to achieve them. We have private consultation rooms available if you wish to chat in confidence.
Our helpful staff will be able to recommend any suitable Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products as well as advice and support on:
- Improving your willpower
- Avoiding triggers
- Controlling your cravings
- Managing withdrawal symptoms
Do I have to pay for this advice?
No, advice about stopping smoking is FREE.
Throw away your cigarettes, tobacco, ash trays and any other paraphernalia that you associate with smoking.
You are up to four times more likely to stop smoking if you have support and advice from a professional, so why not pop in to your local Dears Pharmacy for advice.
Consider nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products
You are twice as likely to quit smoking using stop smoking medication than going it alone. There are many different types of medicines that can help you with stopping smoking. If you are unsure of which one will be the best for you ask one of our healthcare team at your local Dears Pharmacy (include link for local pharmacy finder).
Remember all of the reasons you are stopping smoking
Whether it be that you or your partner are expecting a child, you want to save money or for health reasons, write down your top reasons and put them in a place where you will see them every day. If you are struggling, look at your reason to keep you motivated.
Keep your mind active
It is important to try and stay focused and not think about those devilish cravings! If you find a certain time of day hard, try doing something different. Keep your hands and mouth busy. Play with a paperclip and chew sugar-free gum or a toothpick.
What type of NRT is best for me?
Struggling to hold back the cravings? Thinking of using NRT product but not sure which one is right for you? We have all the information you need to help you make the right choice for you. When you stop smoking you quickly remove the nicotine in your body. This means you suffer withdrawal symptoms such as:
- bad moods
- feeling irritable
- difficulty concentrating
NRT products including; gums, patches, inhalators and lozenge, release nicotine steadily into your bloodstream at much lower levels than in a cigarette, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in a cigarette to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Using NRT products can help you to control the desire to grab that cigarette you’ve hidden away. They come in lots of different forms which can be confusing and often people wanting to quit don’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this guide giving you the pros and cons of the most popular NRT products on the market.
Nicotine patches are applied discretely onto your upper arm and release nicotine into your bloodstream. The patch releases nicotine throughout the day, perfect for long lasting craving relief! Patches are great to supress the background cravings you have throughout the day. Choose a 16 or a 24-hour patch dependant on your needs. Pop in to your local Dears Pharmacy for more advice.
Nicotine gums release nicotine when they are chewed. Nicotine gum is suitable for people who want to control their dosage of nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Gums come in different flavours and strengths, so you may need to try a couple to find the one that’s right for you.
If you don’t like the idea of chewing, try nicotine lozenges! Lozenges are placed in the mouth and allowed to dissolve and release nicotine. Lozenges are ideal for relieving short-term cravings and come in a variety of strengths and flavours.
The nicotine inhalator is used to inhale the nicotine which is them absorbed through the skin in your mouth. Inhalators are designed to look and feel like a cigarette. These are perfect for easy use when you get a craving and are great for those who are struggling to keep their hands busy.
Spraying the Mouth Spray into your mouth/cheek allows nicotine to get into your blood stream fast. Nicotine mouth sprays alleviate craving symptoms rapidly, perfect for those urgent cravings.
Like mouth sprays, you would use the nicotine nasal sprays when you need a cigarette. Squirting into the nostril delivers nicotine directly into your bloodstream.
Did you know?
You can use more than one NRT at a time to help you quit. Using patches AND an oral product such as lozenges or gum in combination. This is called dual therapy.
Quitting can be hard and you may not be successful the first time round so it’s important you find the right treatments for you. Our pharmacists and our teams can help and support you along the way. So, pop into your local store along your quitting journey to discuss what is working or what isn’t.
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