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Cheapest quit method options

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  1. mikeysul
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    Is there research on what is the most affordable quit method/therapy? I am on a limited income and in my province there isn't much as far as government supports. Thanks.
  2. atp
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    01 Feb 2019 in reply to mikeysul
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    mikeysul,

    You can try to click on FIND LOCAL SUPPORT at the top of this site. Might lead you to some community supports. Or call into the help line 1 877 513-5333. the quit coaches are great and can probably get you pointed in the right direction. 

    Most places (try your local hospital) have some sort of program that offers free or low cost nicotine reduction aids (patch, gum, etc). You can also go hardcore and quit cold turkey (that's what I did) that is probably the cheapest quit method but it takes some willpower above and beyond using NRT's.  

    I'm quit for one month now. was a pack a day smoker - so I have saved over $450.00 in one month not smoking. NRT's likely wold cost much less than smokes. So there is that way to look at the 'cost'.

    You'll never regret quitting smoking. You just need to want to do it. 
  3. jenna lee, quit coach
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    atp,

    I could not have answered this better myself! Thanks for listing these resources. Quitting is certainly worth the small investment in the long-run. It will save you money.

    Mikeysul, please feel free to try our new QuitMap, or call us so we can help you find local supports.

    Private health care insurance may also cover costs for those who have it, and/or you can ask your HR department for those working if there are employee assistance programs for quitting. 

    Lastly, research shows that people with the highest quit rates have 2 things:

    1) support 
    2) a quit aid

    At this time, we don't know exactly if one aid is significantly more effective to recommend it over the others, but the safe ones you could try (or ask for) include the nicotine replacement products (aka NRT: patch, gum, inhaler, lozenge, spray) and medications (champix, zyban). Lastly, there is combination therapy where 2 (or possibly) more of these aids can be combined. We always suggest speaking with your healthcare provider to ensure this is a safe option for you.

    Hope this helps,

    Jenna Lee
  4. jo blo
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    e-cigs turned out to be not very expensive, and easy to get used to. There are plain models that you can get for under 10$ each online. The juice can costs about 5$.

    You can get used to them by smoking half a cig, then a few puffs on the e-cig. Once you get used to them, you'll at least be saving money every time you use it instead of a smoke.  It's easier to taper off with the e-cigs, because you can just take fewer puffs each time. 

    Getting your nicotine without smoking tobacco gives you a feeling of control - it's like it helps to realize that it's just  a chemical you're addicted to.

    I've also found that I can put a drop of the e-juice on a 1/4" square of index card, and tape it to myself (or use a finger from a latex glove to hold it on)  - dirt cheap nicotine patch. Using a patch gives you a great feeling of control - you still think of having a smoke, but you are able to resist much easier. 

    My favorite cheap trick is just to keep my nicotine 'not - near'. Just keeping them out in the car cuts my smoking in half, with very little effort.
    Last modified on 29 Apr 2020 10:34 by Quit Coach 7
  5. lillian, quit coach
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    Good Afternoon Everyone!

    It is so important to research what is right for you!

    There are certainly options out there.  From a health perspective e-cigarettes can support those who have tried other methods to quit but haven't succeeded. It is recommended that people should completely stop smoking to realize the health benefits noticed from using e-cigarettes.

    Check out all of the research and information and in particular, do talk to your pharmacist, doctor or health care provider. All perspectives are valuable to know, especially ones based in evidence of effectiveness and safety. It isn't a good idea to use products, or create products, without understanding them, the dosing and method. You want to make sure that what you use is without harm.

    All the best in your quit, one step at a time,
    Lillian
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