Your pharmacist's role in smoking cessation

As you know, quitting smoking isn’t easy, but your pharmacist is knowledgeable about smoking cessation and can help you in many ways. In this article, you'll learn about five of them.

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Your pharmacist can help you develop an action plan

Smokers tend to put off the time for action indefinitely. There are plenty of reasons to convince oneself that the time isn't right. It is true that quitting smoking is a great challenge, but everyone who smokes has the ability to succeed!

Some people make the mistake of beginning the process without first having prepared an action plan.

This can be difficult to do if your knowledge of smoking cessation is limited. Pharmacists know a lot about this topic. Ask them for strategies and resources that will increase your chances of success.

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Your pharmacist can help you choose a smoking cessation aid

Smoking cessation aids are medications that make quitting smoking easier by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, which considerably increases your chances of success. Specialists recommend their use, as they estimate that only one in twenty people is successful in quitting smoking permanently without it.

Smoking cessation aids are divided into two groups—oral treatments and nicotine replacement therapies. The two oral medications officially approved in Canada are varenicline and bupropion. They are available by prescription only. Nicotine replacement therapies do not require a prescription (see below for additional details).

As a medication experts, pharmacists are well-suited to advise you and help you make the best choice. Among other things, they can then inform you about how to use the medication, the side effects and the warnings and precautions associated with it. Thanks to their advice, you will get the most out of your treatment and increase your chances of success.

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Your pharmacist can prescribe a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

As the name implies, NRTs offer a dose of nicotine to a person in the smoking cessation process other than by the inhalation of cigarette smoke. This dose helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, nervousness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, etc.

A wide range of NRT is available in patch, gum, tablet, inhaler or vaporizer formats. These products are considered first-line treatments for smoking cessation and are reimbursed by many insurers when prescribed. The good news is that your pharmacist can now prescribe them to you during a consultation during which they will assess your situation to make sure you receive the best possible treatment.

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Your pharmacist can give you advice to manage your cravings and cope with your withdrawal symptoms

It's well-known that cravings and withdrawal symptoms are what makes quitting smoking difficult. Many people find it hard to manage them.

In this regard, several sources of information are available to you, including on the Internet. For example, iquitnow.qc.ca has a wealth of very useful information. Also, ask ex-smokers to share their winning strategies with you. The more informed you are, the better your chances of reaching your goal.

Once again, your pharmacist can play a crucial role. Pharmacists' expertise and experience make them a valuable resource. By asking questions, you will better understand tobacco addiction and discover ways to overcome it. Simple tips that are within your reach can sometimes make all the difference. For tips on how to control your cravings, read the following text: Do you want to quit smoking?

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Your pharmacist can assist you in the smoking cessation process

Having the support of others will make things easier and help you to succeed. Your parents, friends, and colleagues can be a significant source of motivation and support. That said, it is also important to have the support of a healthcare professional throughout the process, such as your pharmacist, whose help and support you will appreciate every step of the way.

Pharmacists care about people’s health and are willing to invest time and energy in order to help them. They will be happy to monitor your progress and provide encouragement and advice. If, along the way, you have questions, concerns, doubts, or you just need a small dose of extra motivation, drop by or give them a call!

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Your pharmacist's role in smoking cessation

You are aware that giving up cigarettes is not an easy thing to do. It requires motivation, will, discipline, and—help! Pharmacists are very knowledgeable about smoking cessation and, as healthcare professionals, they can help you in many ways; here are five of them.
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