Smoke free. That’s me!
PHARMAC want you, your family and whānau to enjoy living a smoke free life. Smoking will harm you and those around you. Living smoke free is great for you, your family and whānau.
PHARMAC's role is to make sure you have affordable medicines available to help you stop smoking. This means when you get a prescription for these medicines from a quit provider or a doctor you are only charged the prescription fee. You are not charged the full price of the medicines PHARMAC funds to help you stop smoking.
If you choose to use medication that can make it easier to stop smoking, these are the funded treatments available in the community
Available through your quit provider:
- nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) - nicotine patches, lozenges and gum
Available on prescription from your GP (doctor):
- NRT patches, lozenges and gum
- varenicline (can only be used after other treatments have been tried , one 12-week course is funded per year).
In addition, the nicotine inhaler and nicotine oral spray are both funded for some people staying in DHB hospitals, with some restrictions.
You can view what smoking cessation products PHARMAC has assessed and the minutes to the clinical advisory committee meetings relating to these products through the application tracker.
I want to stop smoking, who should I talk to?
There are many smoking cessation professionals to help you become smoke free. These include:
- Quitline (external link) – 0800 778 778
- Aukati KaiPapa (external link)
- Tala Pasifika (external link)
- your doctor or nurse
More information is at the:
Last updated: 20 January 2016