St Martins Medical is committed to supporting people to quit smoking and remain smokefree. It can be a difficult time and we want to offer as much support as required.
The nurses are able to refer you to stop smoking Canterbury, this is a great funded service that provides ongoing support and nicotine replacement therapy products, such as patches, lozenges or gums. Our doctors are also able to offer prescription for Champix, if you would like to try this as patches have not worked for you in the past, please make an appointment with the doctor to discuss your options.
Tobacco use and breathing in other people’s smoke (second-hand smoke) causes about 5,000 deaths every year through cancer, stroke and heart disease. It is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand. To reduce your risk, you need to stop smoking completely, not just cut back.
If you smoke tobacco, odds are, you WILL be affected by it.
The main reason that people smoke is because they are addicted to nicotine. NRT is a medication that provides you with a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke.
It can help reduce unpleasant withdrawal effects, such as bad moods and cravings, which may occur when you stop smoking.
Varenicline (brand name Champix) is a medicine that works in 2 ways. It reduces cravings for nicotine like NRT, but it also blocks the rewarding and reinforcing effects of smoking. Evidence suggests it’s the most effective medicine for helping people stop smoking. Varenicline is only available on prescription, so you’ll usually need to see your doctor to get it. It’s taken as 1 to 2 tablets a day. You should start taking it a week or 2 before you try to quit. A course of treatment usually lasts around 12 weeks, but it can be continued for longer if necessary.
Quitline is open 24/7 and can help you quit in a number of different ways. You can ring, text, email or do it all online. Call Quitline free on 0800 778 778 or text 4006. Quit Advisors work with people to make a plan. People who use Quitline’s services and support are more likely to successfully quit than those who try to quit alone.