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Quit smoking

Stopping smoking can slow the progression of your ILD. You should also stay away from sources of second-hand smoke (other people smoking near you). 

Quitting smoking is difficult for most people, but there is help. There are different nicotine-replacement therapies and medications that can be used on their own own or in combination. Your healthcare team can help create a plan to quit smoking that includes methods to manage cravings and withdrawal.

For more information, see How to Quit Smoking.


Consider nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

  • Patches, gums, sprays or lozenges that contain nicotine can provide your body with the nicotine it craves while you quit.
  • NRTs are available over the counter (no prescription needed). 
  • You can use more than one type of NRT or combine NRT with medication and/or other stop-smoking aids like support groups or counselling.
  • The evidence to support vaping as a smoking cessation tool is inconclusive. 

Consider medications

  • You can also ask your healthcare provider about what medications are available to help you quit.
  • Champix© (varenicline). This medication blocks the affects of nicotine in your brain so you don’t want to smoke. A prescription is required for this medication.
  • Zyban© (burpropion). It isn’t known exactly how this medication works to help you quit smoking. It can help you deal with the withdrawal affects of quitting. A prescription is required for this medication.
  • Medication works best when paired with counselling. Quitting with the help of counselling and medication will give you the best chance to quit smoking for good.
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