Innovations in smoking cessation
Thinking of quitting smoking? Here’s a look at some products and methods that may help you do so.
The first type of products that a smoker should try are nicotine replacement products such as nicotine patches, gum and lozenges. Categorized under “Nicotine Replacement Therapy”, these products are relatively low-cost and can be readily bought over the counter in pharmacies in Singapore.
In effect, smokers are expected to give up cigarettes altogether and instead switch to these nicotine products completely, for their daily nicotine intakes. In theory, these products should help smokers to slowly wean off cigarettes altogether.
Is chewing gum illegal in Singapore?
Not if they are nicotine gum meant to help smokers give up cigarettes! You can literally buy these over the counter. Without a prescription.
Basically, you pop in a nicotine gum whenever you feel the urge to light up. The most common brand is Nicorette which comes in two dosages: 2mg and 4mg. Generally, the 2mg dosage is meant for people who smoke less than 20 cigarettes a day while the 4mg dosages is meant for smokers who light up more than 20 cigarettes a day.
No ordinary lozenge
Nicotinell lozenges are fairly common in Singapore. These work by releasing nicotine into your system, to replace the need for smoking cigarettes. Just like a common lozenge.
Whenever you feel the need to light up, suck on one of these lozenges till it is totally dissolved. Under no circumstances are you to chew or swallow it. The recommended dosage is not more than one lozenge for every hour.
Patch it up!
For those who find it inadequate to chew gum or suck on a lozenge (especially in a professional setting), Nicorette also comes in the form of stick-on patches. These patches releases nicotine gradually into your body system.
Available over the counter, Nicorette patches should be applied over a body area (arm, thigh, hip or back) where there is no hair so as to achieve maximum effect. If you are applying on different parts of your body, remember to take off the old patch before applying a new one.
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