Now you can Quit Smoking in New Brunswick with the Governments Help!

The New Brunswick government will cover prescriptions for the Stop Smoking therapies Champix and Zyban.  Both these drugs will be covered under the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program and the New Brunswick Drug Plan.

Different Ways to quit smoking

There are multiple methods to quit smoking, and it is highly recommended that you find the method that works best for you. Many people try to quit smoking all Quit Smoking Monctonof a sudden (also known as quitting “cold turkey”); other addicted smokers will try gradually reducing how much they smoke. Some ex-smokers say they were able to quit on their own, without any help, but others had to rely on support groups. Every smoker is unique, and everyone has a different method for quitting smoking. Know what your options are when you quit and use the resources available to improve your chances of success.

Self help and individual counselling: People who want to quit on their own may rely on self-help books and pamphlets, videos, stop-smoking websites, or other guides. While self-help methods can lead to successful quitting, brief counselling sessions  appears to increase chances of success. Doctors, pharmacists, dentists, and nurses are among the professionals that provide individual counselling to aid in quitting process. You can also try calling a help-line for some advice on quitting smoking.

Specialized counselling: In some communities there are smoking cessation or addiction clinics that offer specialized counselling for people who are interested in quitting smoking. Often these clinics will have highly trained specialists who can offer advice and counselling to smokers. People who have made several unsuccessful attempts to quit smoking and people with a high level of dependence on smoking may be most likely to benefit from these clinics. These clinics may also be helpful for people who are trying to deal with other medical or addiction problems as well as smoking.

Group programs: Research shows that group programs are among the most successful methods for quitting smoking. These programs usually have class sizes of about 4 to 12 people, each facing the same challenge of trying to stop smoking. These programs may be led by a facilitator or counselor who specializes in smoking cessation.

Medications: There are multiple “stop smoking”  medications available that may help individuals when quitting smoking. Here are some types of smoking cessation medications that are available in New Brunswick:

  • nicotine gum or lozenges
  • nicotine patches
  • nicotine inhalers
  • bupropion
  • varenicline

It appears that using smoking cessation medications as directed together with behavioural programs, such as counselling or self-help methods, significantly increases a person’s chances of quitting smoking. Nicotine gum, lozenges, inhalers, and patches are all available over-the-counter at most drugstores in New Brunswick.

Bupropion and varenicline require a prescription and they must be taken 1 or 2 weeks before your quit date. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if these medications are right for you.

If you are a light smoker (less than 10 cigarettes a day) or a teen (13 to 18 years old), or if you use smokeless tobacco (e.g., chewing tobacco), you may not benefit as much from smoking cessation medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the best smoking cessation methods for you.

Alternative therapies: There are as many ways to Quit Smoking as there are brands of cigarettes.  This is a lucrative business and can attract many individuals who start up local businesses and make outlandish “Success Rate” claims.  Research any method you choose and don’t believe the “Hype” from untrained personnel trying to separate you from your money.