We are a friendly, community-based medical centre and we can help you quit smoking in a non-judgmental and supportive manner. Our vision is to provide quality, affordable health care and support for our West Auckland community.
Like most smokers and tobacco users, you know you should probably give up smoking, but just don’t know how to do it. At McLaren Health Medical Centre we encourage all our patients to be smoke free and we can provide advice and encouragement to stop smoking. If you are thinking about quitting, please feel free to come and see to one of our doctors or nurses for advice.
There are some excellent medications available to help you quit, and nearly all medications are now fully funded. Statistics show that using patches or medication greatly increases the chances of quitting, as well as reducing the torture of nicotine withdrawal.
There’s no one way to quit smoking that works for everyone. Going cold turkey may work for some people, but we think you’ll improve your chances of success when you enlist the help of your health care team.
One of the first steps of your quit-smoking action plan should be “get support.” Support can come from family, friends, your doctor, medications, patches, a counsellor, a support group or a telephone quit line.
Our doctors can offer tips and suggest medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, to help you quit. Over-the-counter medicines that contain nicotine will not remove all cravings but can be very helpful in fighting off cravings.
Use these products instead of smoking to gradually reduce your nicotine intake and slowly ease off of nicotine’s addictive effects. You can then lower the dose of the nicotine-based products gradually until you feel you can resist the cravings on your own. You will still have cravings, but they will be weaker.
Before taking any medication, make sure your doctor knows what products you are using or thinking of using to quit smoking. Your doctor will also need to know what other medications you are taking. This information helps your doctor determine if any new medicines might interact with other medicines you are already taking.
Ask us about a smoking cessation program; it may be helpful to you. Quit Line is free. The program can help you learn about the benefits of quitting, different ways to quit, withdrawal symptoms, smoking “triggers”, helpful medicines, and why it is important to choose a quit date. Find out more about Quit Line.
Stopping smoking is the best gift you can give yourself and your family. It takes the average smoker many attempts to quit; the message is to keep trying even if you have been unsuccessful in the past.
We’re committed to our community. Get in touch and we’ll talk about a quit smoking plan that works for you.