How Does It Work?

 
 
HOW DOES QUITTING
SMOKING WORK?

There are 2 parts to smoking:

(1) the addiction to nicotine, treated with medicines

(2) the behavior, which you learn to change through counseling and a plan for coping with challenges.

Using medicines and getting professional help increases your chances for quitting.

 
 
WHAT MEDICINES CAN THE PHARMACIST GIVE ME?

In some states, pharmacists can provide you with any of the quit-smoking medicines: nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, nasal spray, and inhaler, as well as varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion SR (formerly sold as Zyban).

Your pharmacist will talk with you about options and help choose the best medicines for your quitting plan.

 
 
WHAT TYPE OF COUNSELING
WILL I RECEIVE?

Your pharmacist will teach you how to use your quit-smoking medicines.

You will also discuss how to cope with any challenges you might have while quitting.

For additional support, your pharmacist also might advise you to call your state’s tobacco quitline or encourage you to join a local group program.

 
 
HOW MUCH DOES
IT COST TO QUIT?

Depending on your insurance, you might have coverage for medicines and/or counseling.

Some pharmacies will charge a fee to help you quit.

You may be able to use your health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for medications and/or the pharmacy fee.
 


When it comes to quitting, everyone is different.

Your pharmacist will work with you to create a quitting plan
that is tailored to your needs.


Unlike most physician offices, you won’t have to wait several weeks for an appointment to discuss quitting smoking.

Daytime, evening, and weekend pharmacy store hours make it convenient to get help.