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Last modified: Thursday, 28-Mar-2013 15:44:57 EDT

University Health Service (UHS)
Health Promotion Office

Consider Nicotine Replacement Therapy

For many smokers, an effective quit method will include a combination of emotional support from others, a change in daily habits, and a form of therapy through the use of nicotine substitutes. When smokers try to cut back or quit, the absence of nicotine in their body leads to withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine substitutes treat the very difficult withdrawal symptoms that almost 90% of all smokers say is the reason that they cannot quit smoking. These substitutes reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal during the quit process, allowing the smoker to concentrate on the psychological aspects of quitting smoking.

Nicotine replacement therapy offers several advantages for those trying to quit:

Make sure you discuss with your primary care provider which nicotine replacement therapy may best suit your needs. Consider all the options, such as how much you smoke, whether you need oral or hand stimulation, cost, and the overall speed and effectiveness of each method. You may want to check to see if your insurance company covers any of the cost these medications.

There are many forms of nicotine replacement therapy available today. The most common forms are listed below. For a more detailed analysis of the dosage levels, advantages, disadvantages, and costs of each of these types of nicotine replacement therapy, check the chart, Stop Smoking Medications.

Your UHS Primary Care Provider (PCP) can help you quit smoking.
To schedule an appointment with your primary care provider at UHS: Call 275-2662.

For more information, contact Linda Dudman in the UHS Health Promotion Office at (585) 273-5770 or