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Real Stories
Liz "With a good support system, if you fail, they will help you get up again."
Bobbie "Focus on the positive; take it a day or even a minute at a time."
Clare "My friends support made all the difference."
Frank "If you have a plan, that is what is important. "
Heidi "Now that I have quit, I am healthier and I have lost weight. "
Bonnie "When I quit smoking, my daughter's ashma went away."
Jim "A cigarette is not controlling my ability to do things."
Anika "I promised my dad on his deathbed that I would quit. It took me 13 years, but I did it. "
Representative Brian Ashe "It was one of the best things I did for myself."

Quit-smoking medicine

Using a quit-smoking medicine helps with withdrawal symptoms and doubles your chances of quitting for good. Using medicine and counseling support together makes you more than three times as likely to quit for good! Watch Robert’s story about quitting.

Talk to your doctor about which medicine might be right for you. Check with your health insurance company to find out if it will help pay for the cost of medicine to help you quit.

If you’ve tried a medicine to help you quit before, try again! A different medicine might work better. Get your medicine and know how to use it before your quit day arrives. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist to tell you how to use it.

These medicines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help people quit smoking and are not addictive:


Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) includes the patch, gum, lozenge, nasal spray, and inhaler. Most people try the patch first because it is the easiest to use.

  • NRT helps you with cravings by giving your body a small, steady amount of nicotine. After a few weeks, you reduce the amount of nicotine until you are nicotine-free. NRT is not addictive and does not contain the poisons found in tobacco smoke.
  • The patch, gum, and lozenge are available without a prescription, but you should let your doctor know if you are about to start using one. Your doctor must prescribe the inhaler and nasal spray.
  • If your insurance doesn’t pay for NRT, look for coupons, sales, or store-brand versions, which often cost less.

Zyban is also known as Wellbutrin SR. It’s a pill that can help with cravings and other withdrawal symptoms.

  • Start taking Zyban about one week before you quit smoking, getting your body ready for the changes to come.
  • It is not addictive.
  • Your doctor must prescribe it.

Chantix is the newest medicine available. It is a pill that helps with cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. It also blocks the part of the brain that gives smoking its kick.

  • You should start taking this pill at least one week before quitting smoking.
  • It is not addictive.
  • Your doctor must prescribe it.
If you don’t feel well while using any quit-smoking medicine, call your doctor or talk with a pharmacist right away. As with all medicines, there may be side effects.
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