“Your best chances for success in quitting smoking are using a medication and counseling,” says Dr. Tom Peterson, smoking cessation expert and chair of Tobacco Free Partners. “You don’t need to go at it alone just because money is tight. The first option is to consider purchasing ‘store-brand’ NRT products.”
Allegan, Mich.-based Perrigo is a pharmaceutical company that manufactures and distributes most of the over-the-counter medications, including store-brand nicotine gum and nicotine lozenges. Perrigo estimates its store-brand over-the-counter NRT products save consumers, on average, 42 percent over comparable brand name products.
To find even more savings, individuals can regularly monitor retailers’ circular flyers and websites, and retailers will often discount NRT products.
The decision to stop smoking is an important one. Below are some tips to get started:
• Follow a support plan. Personalized plans are available at smokefreehabits.com.
• When the desire to smoke strikes, do something else.
• Carry things to put in your mouth, like gum or hard candy.