Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it can be done, and you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you are a patient, a family member or friend helping a loved one, Swedish is here to help you through the quitting process.
Your Swedish care provider can help you quit smoking. Talk to your doctor if you are ready to quit and need help to take the first step. Learning your triggers and finding strategies to cope with your triggers increases your chance of success.
The Tobacco Quit Line is a telephone and web-based counseling service to help you quit using tobacco and nicotine products. The Quit Line is free and offers one-on-one telephone counseling. When you call or chat online you will connect with a coach to get help making your quitting plan, get tips to beat the urge to use tobacco, and learn if you are eligible for free nicotine gum or patches.
There are different medications and therapies that may help you during the quitting process. These methods aren’t proven to be successful for everyone, however, the quitting process is unique to each individual and some of these therapies may be beneficial for you to use. Talk with your health care provider before you start any nicotine replacement, prescription or complementary therapies to ensure your health and safety.
- Nicotine replacement therapies
- Over the counter patches, gum and lozenges
- Prescription medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms, inhalers and nasal sprays
Alternative therapies may also help you during the quitting process. When considering any product that claims it can help you stop smoking, be sure to consult with your health care provider before beginning use. Your doctor can help you evaluate if the product or therapy you want to try is safe.
- Electronic cigarettes
- Herbal supplements to help manage withdrawal symptoms like Lobelia, St. John’s Wort, Oat Straw, Valerian, and Ginseng
- Low-level laser therapy (cold laser therapy)