"I can't afford to quit smoking"
Can I Afford to Quit Smoking?
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How do you quit smoking if you can't afford to buy nicotine replacement patches or gum?
— Dianna, Ohio
It is wonderful that you are aware of the value of using nicotine replacement products in the battle to stop smoking. Keep in mind that there are also several other non-nicotine pharmaceutical interventions that have been found to be very effective in helping people to stop smoking.
The first step is to talk with your health care provider about what options are best for you. They will also be aware of potential insurance coverage or other resources that may be inexpensive or even free. Some states offer assistance to those who wish to stop smoking, so be sure to look at local and state government Web sites for all available resources. Finally, there are often clinical trials that may provide treatment options for you at no cost. You can find these at the site run by the National Institutes of Health
Having said all this, I think it’s also necessary to address one final point: Are nicotine replacement products really an additional cost? How much do you spend on cigarettes per week? For the most part, quitting smoking costslessthan continuing to smoke — especially in the long run. Remember, stop-smoking aids are not used forever. They simply take the edge off quitting. Once you have stopped smoking for a while, these products will no longer be necessary, and you will not only have eliminated the cost of cigarettes but you will have no treatment costs either. The lifetime savings of quitting smoking in terms of these savings,plusthe savings in medical expenditures related to potential future health problems and higher health and life insurance rates, will make the cost of nicotine patches seem relatively small by comparison.
Finally, keep in mind that there is more to stopping smoking than nicotine replacement. Good programs include sound behavioral strategies, stress management training, and access to other people who are also trying to quit for personal support. I have worked with the developers of one free and anonymous online resource that provides professional support of this kind, .
So stop dragging those smoking heels.
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