There are many treatment options available to help you quit smoking. Most are readily available without needing to see a doctor. You should always seek advice from a registered healthcare professional to determine which therapy or therapies are most suited to your needs.
Non-prescription Nicotine Replacement Therapies
Nicotine patch: The over-the-counter patch is placed directly on your skin to release a low, steady amount of nicotine over time.
Nicotine gum: You can buy over-the-counter nicotine replacement gum. It comes in 2mg and 4mg strengths and you get the nicotine immediately through the mucous membranes in your mouth when you chew it.
Nicotine lozenges: Like gum, nicotine lozenges are available over the counter. You suck on them and the nicotine is released slowly. They’re meant to dissolve eventually like hard candies.
Non-nicotine e-cigarettes: Non-nicotine e-cigarette products they mimic the experience of smoking but do not contain tobacco, nicotine or other harmful chemicals found in cigarettes. They are intended to treat the habit associated with smoking.
Prescription only treatment options
Nicotine Vaping Products: Nicotine vaping products are finished dosed products that contain nicotine (whether in base or salt form) in solution, and are intended to be vaporised or inhaled using a vaping device (e.g. an e-cigarette or other electronic nicotine delivery system).
Nicotine Vaping Products are only available in Australia via prescription. If you would like to speak to a doctor about accessing Nicotine Vaping Products, click here.
Other smoking cessation treatment options
Counselling: Some smokers may find it useful to speak with a professional counsellor or psychologist about their smoking, to help them better understand the impact that smoking is having on their life. Counselling is often a good first step toward quitting.
Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis involves the altered state of awareness in which you appear to be asleep or in a trance. During hypnosis for smoking cessation, a patient is often asked to imagine unpleasant outcomes from smoking. Hypnosis, in general, does not work for everyone and studies on its use to aid smoking cessation are mixed. You should seek advice before commencing hypnotherapy.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves targeting certain areas of the body for certain conditions. When it comes to helping smokers quit, pressure points in the ears are especially effective in suppressing cravings.