What is Smoking Cessation Therapy?

What is Smoking Cessation Therapy?

Smoking cessation therapies are a proven way to quit smoking. You just need to find the one that’s right for you. That’s where myduke® comes in.

What are Smoking Cessation Therapies?

Smoking cessation therapies deliver carefully measured doses of active ingredients into your system, reducing your cravings and improving your chances of quitting. Most of these are available over-the-counter at your local pharmacy, but some do require a prescription. The most common ones are patches and gum. 

Do I need a prescription?

Many smoking cessation therapies are available over-the-counter in Australia, and Australian patients are also entitled to two 12-week courses (within a 12-month period) under the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme

Which therapy is right for me?

myduke® can help you design the most effective quitting plan. Some studies have shown, for example, that slow-acting patches plus fast-acting gum can have better results. It all comes down to the individual, their circumstances, and their quitting goals. 


Gum is one type therapy, and it works by replacing some of the addictive ingredient you would normally get from cigarettes. When you chew the gum, the active ingredient is released and absorbed through the lining of the mouth. Gum generally comes in two strengths: 2mg and 4mg. The correct dose will depend on several factors, and you should always chat to a medical professional to figure out what’s right for you.


Patches are a slower-acting smoking cessation therapy. They’re usually used in combination with a fast-acting option like gum, to help you quit more effectively. The patch itself adheres to your skin, slowly releasing the active ingredient into the bloodstream throughout the day. Discount patches are available in Australia through the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS), but you’ll need a valid prescription to qualify.

Other options

There are other smoking cessation therapies on the market, including lozenges, nasal sprays or inhalers. Each one comes with its own pros and cons. To figure out which is right for you, book a consultation with a GP.

Are smoking cessation therapies effective?

Smoking cessation therapies have been an effective quitting aid for a long time. In fact, according to the International Journal of Health Sciences, products have helped smokers improve their chances of quitting by 50% to 70%. Which cessation aid you choose will ultimately come down to personal preference, and should always be informed by expert medical advice.

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