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  • Seek advice to make this a thing of the past

    Seek advice to make this a thing of the past

Advice to help you quit

While you may have had lots of advice from others to help you quit, ECU Smoke-Free 2012 gives you the opportunity to try again and even be coached to quit.

Many smokers have indeed already tried to quit in the past, so it might be worthwhile to get the right advice before tackling the process of quitting. Firstly, visit your doctor and ask their advice for you before quitting, keeping in mind that cigarettes can change the way certain medications and Hypnotherapy can work, and therefore it’s important to get the right advice to reduce the risks and improve your likelihood of succeeding.

Hypnotherapy works for some people to Quit smoking. Some programs can be claimed under private medical cover including Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy and Counselling and Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes.

Resources

Quit line (13QUIT or 13 78 48) is a collaborative quit smoking Government health initiative to support your decision to not smoke and provides information and additional support services. A Translating and Interpreting Service is available in multiple languages to support you as you quit smoking.

The Quit because you can website provides a wide range of resources in 22 languages.

QuitCoach is a free computer program, where you will be asked questions and then given ideas and suggestions to help you quit smoking and stay quit.

Young people may like to consider lifestyle choices when quitting smoking and the OxyGen site provides useful information and motivation to help you achieve your goal.

Learn how to be your own counsellor and quit coach.
4 modules provide comprehensive steps for supporting Quitting in WA Health Workplaces.

The Smoking Cessation Guidelines for Australian GPs provides very detailed and credible information which can assist in your decision making process.

Read about the National Tobacco Campaign 2011, which aims to reduce daily adult smoking from 16.6% to 10% or less by 2018.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Smoking cessation drugs with nicotine are also called nicotine substitution products or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

These are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are available as chewing gum (Nicorette), skin patch (Nicotrol, Nicoderm CQ, and Habitrol), nasal spray (Nicotrol NS), and inhaler (Nicotrol). The nasal spray and inhaler are prescription drugs, but the gum and the patch can be bought even without a prescription.

NRT delivers nicotine without all the other components of cigarettes and helps some smokers to take healthier steps to Quit. There are different types of NRT products available, depending on level of dependence. These include patches, inhalers, lozenges, gum, and microtabs (which dissolve under the tongue). NRT has been shown to help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.

ECU Student Health Centre and other General Practitioners or pharmacist will provide a guide on treatment. NRT is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Funds (PBF) which subsidies drugs for Commonwealth Card Holders. For example Nicabate P Patch 21mg X 28 *Auth are likely to cost Max dispensing price $55.22; PBS $34.20; Concession $5.60; Safety net $0.

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