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Ways we can help you quit
We offer a range of support, nicotine replacement therapy and medication to anyone thinking about stopping smoking and all last for up to 12 weeks. We make the service as easily accessible, and as free of obstacles, as possible.
Clinicsand in-person support
Drop-ins are a convenient way of having the support of an advisor without having to make an appointment or contact your GP surgery. Drop-in clinics are offered at a range of venues, days and times across Oldham, and are a flexible approach to your quit.
One-to-one clinics, like drop-ins, are available across a number of locations close to you, including GP surgeries and pharmacies across Oldham. Clinics are offered on a range of days and times and are available on an appointment system. One-to-one clinics offer you individual support with your advisor.
Support by phone
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic our advisors are offering telephone support on a weekly basis. Support and products are still available during this time.
Call 0161 960 0255
Nicotine Replacement Therapypatches, electronic cigarettes, and more
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is an effective medication to help quit smoking, with many products available, and in different strengths and flavours. NRT gives you some of the nicotine that you would have received from tobacco, but does not contain the harmful stuff in cigarettes like tar, carcinogens and carbon monoxide which can affect your health.
If you decide to use NRT, it’s important to find the product that is right for you, and to remember that willpower is also required.
NRT products are available free of charge. Under normal circumstances, we provide NRT products in our face-to-face appointments, but while COVID restrictions remain in place, we will post NRT products to you.
Our service offers the following NRT products:
The patch releases nicotine directly into the bloodstream through the skin. There are two ways to use patches: just during the time you are awake (16-hour patches) or both day and night (24-hour patches. Patches come in different strengths with the aim to gradually reduce the strength over time before stopping the use of patches completely.
Quickmist mouth spray
Quickmist is a fast-acting mouth spray which gets to work on cravings in less than 30 seconds. It is sprayed into the mouth aiming for the inside of the cheeks.
The spray delivers a dose of nicotine through the lining of your nose. This is a fast-acting product, reaching the brain within minutes to help relieve cravings.
The inhalator is a small plastic device and comes with cartridges which contain nicotine. Nicotine vapour is released via a ‘puffing’ or ‘sucking’ action which gets absorbed through your mouth. Inhalators work well for people who miss the ‘hand to mouth’ action of smoking.
Nicotine in the gum is absorbed through the lining of your mouth. Nicotine is released by chewing the gum until the taste becomes strong or hot. The gum is then ‘parked’ inside your cheek, and when the taste fades, you chew again to release more nicotine. Gum should be discarded within 30mins.
Gum use should be cut down gradually as your quit progresses
Lozenges are placed in the mouth and dissolve slowly to release nicotine, in a similar way to nicotine gum. To release the nicotine from the lozenge, suck until the taste becomes strong or hot. Then rest the lozenge inside your cheek – when the taste fades, suck again to release more nicotine. Lozenges take around 20 minutes to dissolve completely.
Stop-smoking medicationsChampix and Zyban
We also offer medications – in tablet form – to help people stop smoking. Medication is only available on prescription, and can be requested by your advisor after assessment. It can not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you’re aged under 18, or if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions. Does not contain nicotine.
Speak to your stop smoking advisor for more information on medication.
Champix works on nicotine receptors to help relieve cravings and reduce the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. Champix can also reduce the enjoyment of cigarettes by blocking the effects of nicotine. Champix is a 12 week course with a quit date set in the second week of taking the tablet.
Zyban is a tablet which helps you to stop smoking. You start taking Zyban one to two weeks before you quit and treatment usually lasts for a couple of months to help you through the withdrawal cravings.