Women who quit smoking greatly reduce their risk of dying early. Your body begins to heal after you STOP SMOKING!
Don’t give up hope. It may take 7 or more attempts over a number of years before you kick the habit for good. Each try brings you a step closer to success because you learn from each experience. Here are some hints to help you succeed:
- Timing – Experts suggest you quit during the first two weeks of your menstrual cycle (Day 1 is when your period starts). If you do this, your nicotine withdrawal symptoms will be less severe.
- Combination Therapy – Your chances of success will improve if you combine cessation counseling with medication to reduce physical symptoms of withdrawal and create a support network.
- Effective Medications– Some studies suggest that Zyban, an antidepressant prescribed for smoking cessation may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for some women.
- For information about medications, please go the left side of your screen and click on the “Medications” tab under “Menu”.
- Medicaid, Medicare and some other insurance policies now cover the cost of prescribed nicotine replacement therapy Zyban and ChantixTM *
- Speak to your doctor about the medication that is right for you.
* Please note, Medicaid and Medicare do not cover the nicotine lozenge.