There are more than 10 million smokers in the United Kingdom. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of premature death in the UK.
It is estimated that smoking kills over 100,000 people in the UK every year. About half of all smokers die due to smoking-related illness.
Smoking is the potential risk factor for many medical conditions, such as:
- Premature death
- Cancers of lung, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, etc.
- Heart disease
- Brain disorders
- Peptic Ulcers
Smoking cessation treatments are a safe and cost-effective way of reducing the risk of smoking-related medical issues. Quitting smoking at any age provides instant as well as long-term health benefits.
Usually, smokers should be encouraged to quit and be offered access to smoking cessation clinic. Your GP can refer you to the local NHS quit smoking service.
Smoking cessation interventions may include Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), Varenicline or Bupropion. One can use any one of these treatment options after consulting a GP. A combination of these interventions is contraindicated.
Varenicline and Bupropion are prescription drugs that are to be used only under the supervision of a medical professional. Most NRT products are available over-the-counter, but it is still recommended to seek medical helps before using any.
Some NRT formulations are available on prescription. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available in gum, nasal spray, mouth spray, lozenges, sublingual pills, oral inhalation cartridge and skin patches.
Studies have found that NRT is quite effective in association with behavioural interventions like psychological counselling. Treatment with NRT should not exceed more than 12 weeks. You can stop the treatment after 8 weeks.
The risk of NRT dependency is very less. Only 5% of people who quit continue using nicotine regularly. So the success rate with NRT is pretty high.
Effective NRT products for smoking cessation are available on Pharmacy Outlet, one of the UK’s online pharmacies.