Although you have a very high dependence on nicotine, giving up isn’t impossible! You should definitely consider a stop smoking medication to help you quit. Stop smoking medications can help ease symptoms of withdrawal and cravings while you quit.
Different products are available to help combat your cravings. You can talk to a Quit Your Way Scotland Adviser about using one or more stop smoking medicines and what might be right for you. If you use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), choose a product with a high nicotine content, e.g. patch, gum, lozenge, nasal spray or microtab. You could also think about using Champix or Zyban, non-nicotine medications. These medicines are proven to improve your chances of quitting successfully.
You would really benefit from getting support from a local stop smoking group or one-to-one session. Medication can help with cravings but it is still common to have times when you have the urge to smoke. Smoking is an addiction and people smoke for physical, mental and emotional reasons. Make sure that you are using other quit smoking strategies along with your medication. Attending a stop smoking group would also greatly increase your chances of quitting successfully.
Getting support from your family, friends or specialist stop smoking services is important. Quit Your Way Scotland Advisers are trained to help you quit; you can contact an adviser on 0800 84 84 84 or by chatting online at www.QuitYourWay.scot. Our helpline and webchat services are open:
Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.