Quit Smoking with your Manichem Pharmacy
This Service is Available at the following Manichem Branches:
lease Click Here for the 2012 Quit Smoking initative.
Manichem offer a variety of services to aid people wanting to stop smoking. From being able to suggest the most appropriate form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), to giving counseling sessions on a one to one basis we can help you. All Manichem branches stock NRT products and can offer basic advice for giving up smoking. The branches listed have fully trained counselors and can offer a one to one support option. If you are wondering if it might work for you, read below the comments from one of the successes:
I was what you would call a keen smoker – prior to having my daughter I would smoke on average 30 cigarettes a day. I gave up during my pregnancy, but when I went back to work I went back to smoking. I didn’t smoke cigarettes, but changed over to rolling tobacco instead. I smoked about 50 grams a week when I thought I would make my annual attempt at giving up. I had been smoking pretty much solidly for 19 years – that’s a lot of smoking and a major habit to change! My husband also smoked and although he had given up at one stage for over 2 years he had gone back to smoking prior to our daughter being born.
When I told my husband and family they were as always supportive but didn’t really fancy my chances! My husband promised if I managed to stop he would too.
In February 2010 I had my first counseling session with one of the trained stop smoking Manichem employees. She was to be honest, a pretty good non smoker and she tried hard to understand when I would struggle and then told me how I could cope. I am not really keen on “chatting” with somebody about how I feel etc so it was a bit odd, but as it was on a one to one basis I found it actually quite therapeutic!
I stopped smoking the same week as the first session, once I had my patches and gum! Having tried patches in the past and inhalers, and lozenges I was not too sure what was really going to help.
Blowing into the machine to see my levels was interesting – rolling your own means that the levels are different to those of cigarettes but it was good to do & by week 8 I had levels the same as someone who had not smoked.
I took it one day a time and tried not to avoid situations that I would come into contact with smokers. My sister still smokes and it does not pose an issue if I am out with her, this was a key concern for me – would I go back to smoking if others round me were…
After 6 weeks I stopped the gum (I stopped the patches after 5 weeks) as I was a little concerned about the regularity of having it! It helps that I don’t really like gum too! I kept (until February 2011!) a piece of gum in my handbag should I feel the need!!
I still find stressful situations tricky but ho hum that’s life, and when I am out drinking with friends and family I on occasion feel the urge to have a smoke but it passes quite quickly and it is nice waking up and not feeling quite so rough and with my clothes not stinking too!
My daughter likes the fact we don’t smoke anymore and I now play rugby so it helps somewhat with the fitness and financially I don’t think we could survive with the prices that it costs now