Smoking and Nicotine Replacement Therapy

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Family Physician, discusses smoking and nicotine replacement therapy.

Family Physician, discusses smoking and nicotine replacement therapy.

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Featuring Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP
,Smoking and Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Duration: 1 minute, 26 seconds

Nicotine withdrawal can be challenging for any patient.

It's important you speak to your physician, your pharmacist, or healthcare provider about nicotine replacement options. Nicotine replacement therapy is safe, and generally, costs the same as a pack of cigarettes a day.

The different forms are gum, patches, inhaler, and lozenges. Finally, your physician can talk to you about medications that can quit – help you quit in terms of cravings and withdrawal.

One of the most challenging things about quitting smoking is the withdrawal symptoms. This is where your family physician, your pharmacist, or healthcare provider can give you information.

There are many ways to help the cravings through nicotine replacement therapy. The different formulations include gum, lozenges, inhalers, patches, as well as medications that can help with the cravings.

It's never too late to quit. There are proven health benefits as soon as you quit, and that continue onwards that affect how unwell you are and how often you're in the hospital, and, finally, your mortality rate.

It's important, if you have any questions or any concerns, that you make an appointment to speak to your physician, or your local expert. Treatments vary according to patient as well as physician, so, once again, make an appointment and speak to your physician.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Ngui, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

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Quiz: Do You Understand Smoking Cessation?


Smoking is solely a physical addiction.


Smoking is both a physical and a psychological addiction, and many people use it to cope with stress, depression or anger.


Your body goes through withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking.


When you remove the nicotine fix, your body begins to experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings.


You don't need a prescription for all types of smoking cessation aids.


Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products can be helpful. These are non-prescription medications that contain nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms.


Prescription drugs can help with cravings but not withdrawal symptoms.


Prescription drugs can help you manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.


Smoking is an appetite suppressant.


Many people who quit smoking gain weight. Smoking is an appetite suppressant, so it’s important to be mindful of your eating habits while you’re quitting smoking.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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