Who can help?
You don't have to look far to get help with quitting smoking. You likely have medical professionals that you already see for your physical and mental well being.
Your Primary Care Physician
Primary Care Physicians are interested in your overall wellness. You will find them willing to help you by writing prescriptions for medications to help you quit smoking.
Psychiatrists can also write prescriptions for stop smoking medications. They know which psychiatric drugs you are prescribed and will consider which medications will be best for your drug regiment.
Many consumers attend partial care programs, self-help groups, and individual therapy sessions have access to counselors and therapists. These professionals can help you access medications and can support your quit journey.
Through funding from the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Free, Nutrition & Fitness, New Jersey residents now have access to 11 Quit Centers. The listing for the 11 centers can be found on the Tobacco Free New Jersey website.
Can I stop smoking on my own?
Absolutely! It is not easy to stop smoking but some people prefer to do it on their own or do not have access to medical professionals. There are still resources for you.
You will not be able to get prescription medications without consulting with a medical professional. However, you can purchase the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, or nicotine lozenge at your local pharmacy without a prescription. Studies have shown that using the patch with the nicotine gum or nicotine lozenge give smokers a higher chance of quitting successfully.
You can use the internet to access the Quitnet website. By joining the QuitNet community you connect with smokers and ex-smokers via chat who share their experiences interactively. You also have the option to download the free app on your phone.
If you prefer speaking to a counselor, you can call a toll-free helpline: