What is the NRT Voucher Scheme?
The NRT voucher scheme is a free NHS Stop Smoking Service. Nicotine replacement therapy is a form of therapy aimed to help an individual quit smoking by offering medically-approved devices and items that dispense nicotine without harmful additives like tobacco and chemicals found in cigarettes. This voucher scheme makes it easier to repeatedly collect your nicotine replacement when partaking in the stop smoking service. This is usually provided by a pharmacy of your choice when a valid voucher is provided.
The NHS stop smoking service is a free service available to our patients who are ready to take steps towards quitting smoking. The service offered is tailored to each individual to ensure that they are on the right track to quit smoking for good. Sometimes, nicotine replacement therapy can be expensive. The NRT voucher scheme aims to alleviate these difficulties
Forms of Nicotine replacement therapy
Nicotine replacement therapy comes in many forms, so a mixture of methods can be used if your pharmacist thinks it would be beneficial. Examples include:
- Chewing gum
- Sticky patch
- Nasal spray
- Tablet or lozenge
By releasing smaller amounts of nicotine throughout the day, the body can absorb the nicotine without the harmful chemicals associated with smoking cigarettes. Nicotine replacement therapy minimises cravings and slowly makes you less reliant on the addictive substance. It is acknowledged that using any form of nicotine replacement therapy can improve your chances of quitting by 50% to 70% versus will-power and smoking advice alone.
Studies have shown that the 5 available forms of nicotine replacement therapy supplements increase the chances of users quitting smoking by up to 50%. The study noted that the stronger nicotine gum has the best effect.
You do not require a written prescription to purchase nicotine patches. Nicotine patches are available in several stores and cross all of our pharmacies.
You can have your health care provider prescribe a patch to you to help you quit smoking, but it is not necessary.