Nicotine Replacement Therapies

Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) are a safe and effective way to quit smoking. NRT products can help smokers reduce withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, irritability, mood swings and anxiety. They work by replacing some of the nicotine normally obtained from cigarettes.

It is best to speak to a doctor, pharmacist or health professional to work out which product type may be best to use. Options are:

  • Nicotine gum

  • Nicotine patch

  • Nicotine inhalator

  • Nicotine lozenge

  • Nicotine oral spray

All these products can be purchased from a pharmacy without a script.

A discounted price to access nicotine patches can be obtained under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from a doctor for a three month supply per year.

It is important to use NRT products properly and follow the instructions provided. This will ensure more chance of success with quitting.

For further information on nicotine replacement products visit Quit Tasmania.

The Youth Health Fund

 

57 Liverpool St, Hobart, TAS

6231 2927

healthhelp@thelink.org.au

For local health fund workers please contact The Link Youth Health Service

The fund can pay for NRT as a one-off but a young person must see a doctor first and have a script The Youth Health Fund (YHF) is administered state - wide by The Link Youth Health Service through a network of Access Workers.

The aim of the YHF is to buy essential health services and/or items for people aged 12 to 24 who otherwise could not afford them. The fund assists disadvantaged young people across Tasmania.

The YHF can be used for the first smoking cessation prescription which can be certain patches or non-nicotine medications such as Champix or Zyban.