Quit aids can help you with cravings or withdrawal symptoms. These products double your chances of quitting. Think about using a quit aid and counseling together, it can maximize your chances of quitting for good.
There are two types of quit aids: nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and quit-smoking medications.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
These products give your body nicotine, which is the addictive drug found in tobacco. The products work because they help with tobacco cravings, but don’t contain the many other poisonous chemicals found in cigarettes, cigarette smoke or chewing tobacco. You can start a nicotine replacement therapy on your quit day. These products are available in different forms, including: patch, gum, lozenge and inhaler and help reduce and manage withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is your body’s physical cravings for nicotine. You can then focus on the psychological (mental) side of quitting smoking.
These are prescription medications that help balance chemicals in your brain. These chemicals control withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings for nicotine. You need to start these medications one to two weeks before your quit date.
Where can I get quit aids?
If you think a quit aide will help you on your quit journey, talk to your community health nurse. You can also talk to one of our quit coaches. They can help you decide what product is right for you.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, the best thing to do for your baby is to stop smoking. You will need to talk to your healthcare provider about the use of NRT during pregnancy.
Nunavut QuitLine coaches, family and friends can all help you quit. But, in some cases, nicotine replacement therapy products or prescription medications can offer extra support. You should speak with your health care provider to help you decide on your best treatment option.