Nicotine replacement therapy has many options
Nicotine, the addictive chemical found in tobacco cigarettes, reaches the brain quickly by increasing levels of dopamine and positively reinforcing the dopamine reward pathway. When one’s reward pathway is activated, a person can feel more pleasure and less stress, calmer, and sensations of relaxation. Although these feelings are short-lived, repetitive interaction within one’s reward system makes nicotine highly addictive.
Further, when nicotine is smoked through a cigarette, there are other chemicals and bi-products of smoking that produce harmfully detrimental long-term side effects throughout many systems within the body.
Nicotine replacement therapy can reduce tobacco withdrawal effects and aid in stopping smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy comes in many forms including patches, gums, inhalers and vapes.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration have announced that from the 1st of October 2021, patients will now require a prescription for all purchases of nicotine vaping products. These include products such as nicotine pods, liquid nicotine and nicotine e-cigarettes. This includes purchases from Australian pharmacies as well as overseas.
It remains illegal for other Australian retailers, such as tobacconists, vape shops and convenience stores, to sell you nicotine vaping products, even if you have a prescription.
If you are interested in quality legal nicotine replacement products with the goal of quitting smoking, please register for a consultation below.