After reading this, you may be interested to learn more about CHAMPIX® and its accompanying support programme www.liferewards.co.nz (Please note Liferewards is currently in transition and is being replaced with a new support programme called mytimetoquit). You may also wish to talk to a healthcare professional, perhaps your doctor or a clinic nurse. Other recommended sources of information and support to stop smoking include:
- Quitline0800 778 778; www.quit.org.nz
- Aukati kaipaipawww.aukatikaipaipa.co.nz
- Tala Pasifikawww.talapasifika.org.nz
In the meantime, give some more thought to the giving up process. The decision to quit smoking is an important one. When you pick the right time for you, make sure you are committed to quitting.
For many people, giving up smoking is about taking one day at a time. This is especially important during the first few months. CHAMPIX® can support you through this difficult time. If taken as prescribed, CHAMPIX® is typically taken for 12 weeks. CHAMPIX® comes in convenient dose packs which show when to take each tablet.
You start taking CHAMPIX® 7 to 14 days before your quit date. This lets CHAMPIX® build up in your body and allows it to start working. You can keep smoking during this time. This is shown in the diagram to the right.
If you have completely quit smoking by 12 weeks, your doctor may prescribe another 12 weeks of CHAMPIX® to increase your chances of stopping smoking long term (this would not be funded by the government).