Does coerced smoking cessation work, or will the world's most expensive cigarettes further expose nicotine addiction's true depth and grip? And how do we square the planet's most repulsive cigarette prices and packs with its worst quitting method advice? Is the Australian government intentionally trying to keep smokers enslaved and paying?
"Pharmacotherapy is recommended for all dependent smokers who express an interest in quitting, except where contraindicated."Doctors are told that "first line options are medicines that have been shown to be effective" and in "Australia these are NRT (brands include Chemist's Own Nicotine, Nicabate CQ®, Nicorette®, Nicotinell®, QuitX® and others), varenicline (brand name Champix®) and sustained release preparations of bupropion hydrochloride (brand names Buproprion-RL™, Clorprax®, Prexaton and Zyban SR®)."
"Although many smokers are likely to attempt quitting unassisted, this approach has a low likelihood of succeeding (3-6% success rate) on any given attempt."Three to six percent sounds totally unacceptable. And that's clearly the comment's intent.
"Research shows if you're addicted to smoking and use these medications properly, you can double your chances of quitting successfully."The word "your" clearly implies population level effectiveness over how most smokers normally attempt to quit (cold turkey), not clinical efficacy over a quitter who joined a study seeking free medication, but who was given a look-a-like placebo quitting product instead.
"Though many people will say that they have quit cold turkey, often they have used medication ..."Imagine government's primary advice to cold turkey quitters including the message that failure is normal and expected.
"Quitting for a while and then going back to smoking is all part of the process of successfully quitting. It is very common, most people do it."Unbelievably, Australian health officials next tell cold turkey quitters to buy and keep replacement nicotine handy, even if quitting cold, just in case things get uncomfortable.
"If you're thinking about quitting cold turkey, do some research first. If you are addicted to nicotine, cravings and withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable. It helps to have some patches, gum or other nicotine products handy so you're prepared. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about which products might suit you."Is this nicotine tease cold turkey sabotage attempt intentional? Not discussed is that within 72 hours of ending all nicotine use that cold turkey quitters become 100% nicotine-free and move beyond peak withdrawal. Frankly, it's unconscionable that any government quitting site would suggest that cold turkey quitters put themselves through nicotine detox twice.
"If you are addicted and use medications properly, you can double your chances of quitting successfully by getting some support."How can a nation hell bent on motivating cessation via the planet's highest cigarette taxes demonstrate such gross incompetence in discouraging and demoralizing the quitter's natural instinct to end nicotine use, instead of finding creative ways to replace it?
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