Tobacco Cessation Resource Guide
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Tobacco Cessation Medications
|Type||Form||Common Brand Name(s)||Availability||Medical Plan Coverage||Medical Plan Co-Pay|
|Nicotine Replacement Therapy||Gum||Nicorette®||Over-the-counter (OTC)||No|
|Nasal Spray||Nicotrol®||Prescription||Yes, Non-Preferred||$45.00|
|Pill||Bupropion SR®||Prescription||Yes, Generic||$5.00|
|Behavioral||Employee Assistance Program||
Nicotine gum and/or lozenge – Nicotine gum and/or lozenge lessens your cravings while you withdraw from nicotine. It is also available over the counter.
Quit Smoking Medications – Check with your physician about FDA-approved drugs that have been shown to help people stop smoking. These drugs may provide nicotine affects to ease withdrawal symptoms and/or block the affects of nicotine if the individual continues to smoke.
Hypnotherapy – Some clinicians use hypnosis as a form of treatment during which the patient enters a "trance" and is then more receptive to suggestion. Suggestions can include eliminating smoking, phobias, stress, and obesity, among other maladies.
Acupuncture – Acupuncture works by intercepting messages sent by the brain to the body that demand more nicotine, thereby disrupting the addictive process. Acupuncture is said to be able to minimize nicotine cravings, calm the nervous system and strengthen will power. Acupuncture can only work if the patient wants to stop using tobacco.
Behavioral Therapy – Behavioral therapy is provided by a licensed counselor and is relatively short-term and focuses not on your early childhood experiences, but on how you are thinking, functioning and communicating today. Behavioral therapy is action-oriented, helping the client learn self-help skills to gain freedom from real-life issues like tobacco use, alcohol abuse, marital conflict, panic and other problems.
Glynn County Health Department-Freshstart Classes
Free Freshstart smoking cessation classes are held regularly in Chatham and Glynn counties. Freshstart is the American Cancer Society's smoking cessation program. It is designed to equip tobacco users with the tools they will need to quit for good. Freshstart classes cover topics including stress management, skills for coping with cravings, the benefits of quitting smoking, methods of quitting smoking, and avoiding a return to smoking
American Lung Association
Telephone: 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)
Description: The American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking for people who already smoke, considered the “gold standard” of group-setting, peer-support smoking cessation programs. Contact your local American Lung Association for help in your area.
Description: Smokefree.gov provides information and resources to help people quit smoking. On the site, you can get immediate assistance in the form of:
• An online step-by-step cessation guide.
• Local and state telephone quit lines.
• The National Cancer Institutes instant messaging service.
• Publications, which may be downloaded, printed, or ordered.
The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line
1-866-228-4327 (Hearing Impaired)