Some people find Nicotine cravings the hardest thing to deal with when quitting. If you are struggling from withdrawal symptoms and need that extra boost to stop you smoking, try out some of the licensed stop smoking medicines. You can get a request for these on prescription from any of our drop in or 1:1 sessions across Warrington and with the added support you could quit for good. If you would like more information about any of these you can pop in to any of our drop in sessions or chat with an advisor using the 'chat with us' icon in the right corner of your screen.
LiveWire is backing the latest evidence published by Public Health England which states that vaping with e-cigarettes is at least 95% safer than smoking tobacco.
Public Health England’s findings indicate that the use of e-cigarettes in place of tobacco cigarettes means the user isn’t exposed to the chemicals and toxins that they would otherwise be exposed to, which can lead to the development of certain strains of cancer.
Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow the inhalation or vaping of an aerosol containing propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and nicotine, which has the option of being flavoured.
E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco; they are inhalable aerosols which heat a solution containing nicotine. While nicotine is addictive, it does not cause smoking-related diseases such as cancer.
E-cigarettes have become a popular stop smoking aid, and people who use them with the help of local stop smoking services are more likely to quit successfully.
While there is a long history of research on the long-term effects of smoking, there is little data available for the long-term effects of e-cigs. The full benefit of using e-cigs is from stopping smoking entirely.
Help and support available from Smoke Free Warrington
Anyone who has struggled to quit smoking tobacco should try switching to an e-cigarette and get professional help from LiveWire's Smoke Free Warrington team. Call 0300 003 0818 to book an appointment.
The Smoke Free Warrington team will provide behavioural support to those smokers wanting to quit with the help of an e-cigarette.
Evidence from Public Health England shows that the greatest quit success is among those people who combine using an e-cigarette with support from a local stop smoking service.
- Champix is a prescription medication taken twice a day, once at breakfast and once with your evening meal for a 12 week period. Champix is not available if you are pregnant. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you will need to discuss this with the advisor as not all treatments are suitable for everybody.
- Zyban is a prescription medication which you take twice a day, once at breakfast and once with your evening meal for a 9 week period. It comes in tablet form and should be taken two weeks before your quit date to help with the overall nicotine cravings.
It is advised you speak to your doctor before taking either Champix or Zyban.
- Patches are normally worn around the clock and can be stuck onto your arm or a discreet place underneath clothing. Patches will release nicotine directly into the bloodstream and work effectively for a 16 to 24 hour period.
- Lozenges can be bought in mint or cherry flavour. Once one has been placed in the mouth it slowly dissolves and releases nicotine into the body.
- Nicotine chewing gum - is available in two strengths and is dependent on how much you smoke. It is recommended that 4gm gum is the appropriate amount for people smoking approximately 20 cigarettes a day. Once the gum becomes either hot or strong, rest it on the inside of your cheek and remove after one hour.
- Nasal spray is recommended for heavy smokers and is ideal for a swift and quick dose of nicotine through the nose. The nasal spray should be sprayed once into each nostril twice every hour. When used regularly it is the fastest of way of getting nicotine into the bloodstream in comparison to the chewing gum and lozenges.
- Microtab is a small tablet you place underneath the tongue to dissolve. It is recommended that you avoid swallowing or chewing the Microtab as there can be unwanted side effects. Microtabs are suitable for those who are reducing the amount of cigarettes they are smoking each day.
- Mouth spray is a liquid spray which tastes similar to strong mouthwash. For maximum effect one spray should be directed to the inside of your cheek or under your tongue.
- Mouth Strips - These strips are small, thin, mint-flavoured films that dissolve in the mouth in approximately 3 minutes, releasing nicotine rapidly providing fast, effective craving relief.