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Text DITCHJUUL to 88709
Daily texts to keep you moving in the right direction. It is grounded in evidence-based research and created by The Truth Initiative and the Mayo Clinic. Not quite sure you’re ready? You can still text the number. They’ve got messages to help build your confidence and practice quitting if you’re not 100% there yet.
Nicotine dependent? Answer two questions to find out.
If you are more highly dependent on nicotine, you may need additional help dealing with withdrawal symptoms and cravings while making this change in your life. Boost my quit: combining counseling/coaching with medications increases success rates more than either alone!
If you use 21 cigarettes or ½ a Juul pod or ½ a Puff Bar (21mg of nicotine) or more a day…
You smoke/vape within 30 minutes of waking up, you may be moderately to highly nicotine dependent.
Adding counseling, and possibly nicotine replacement therapy to your quit plan, will greatly increase your chances of success and make the process much more pleasant.
You wouldn’t try to manage diabetes by yourself.
For some of these tools, and for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), it helps to know roughly how much nicotine you take in on an average day. Some ask for this amount in terms of cigarettes per day. *It is tricky to know exactly how much nicotine you take in with e-cigarettes/vapes but here are some estimates to get you in the ballpark.
1 Juul pod (5.0%) is roughly = 40 cigarettes or 40 mg of nicotine
1 Juul pod (3.0%) is roughly = 23 cigarettes or 23 mg of nicotine
1 Puff Bar is roughly = 50 cigarettes or 50 mg of nicotine
1 Sourin pod is roughly = 90 cigarettes or 90mg of nicotine
For other products, look at the label for nicotine concentrations.
Although the average cigarette contains 10-12 mg of nicotine, a smoker generally inhales only about 1mg.
Juul states that roughly 80% of the nicotine in their product is inhaled.
*Source: Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD. Pediatrics. Adolescent Medicine and Health Research and Policy. 2/22/21 Presentation to the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics re Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit.
Group or Individual Counseling
Increasing the chances of a successful quit.
Quit Center at RWJBarnabas Health RWJ Quit Center or Toll Free (833) 795-7848
Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Program- 8 weekly sessions
This coaching gets you through the toughest weeks of your quit journey.
Session 1 is an individual assessment and a great place to start if you’re not sure what help you need.
Counselor will work with you to determine if NRT or other medications might be helpful.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Other Meds.
You do not have to suffer intense withdrawal symptoms and white-knuckle it through powerful cravings.
Medications sound complicated but most just replace a dangerous form of nicotine with a much safer form that is easy to control and taper.
A counselor can help you determine if medications are needed and together you’ll make a treatment plan at your very first meeting.
There are 7 FDA approved medications that are proven to help adult smokers quit and they can help people who vape quit as well.
Long-acting NRT (like the patch) can smooth out the roughness of withdrawal symptoms.
Short-acting NRT (like the gum) can be used to help handle cravings that break through.
Success is, you guessed it, increased by combining these two types of NRT.
Work with a counselor to determine if other medications or NRT are needed, how to properly dose and taper. Many people who go it alone do not use the correct strength of nicotine replacement or they don’t ‘use it long enough.
A plan can be set up at your first counseling meeting/assessment.
NRT is free if you are working with a RWJBarnabas Health counselor.
If you are under 18, you will need to work with your parents and a doctor to approve NRT as it is FDA approved for use only in adults.
Boston Children’s Hospital Treatment Tips for Teens (including Nicotine Replacement Therapy) for pediatricians
Under 18? Share these guidelines with your doctor. CLICK HERE. NRT is only FDA approved for people 18 and over. Those under 18 should consult with their doctor and discuss with their parents. Some teens may need help handling withdrawal symptoms while they work to make changes in their daily routines. Consult with a RWJBarnabas Health Quit counselor for guidance on what meds (if any) are recommended. Many doctors are not familiar with the recommendations for treating teens with NRT, so share this link.
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Nicotine Replacement Therapy Guidelines for Teens.
Some people need nicotine replacement therapy at the beginning of this process and not all physicians have the latest prescribing guidelines for teens.
Click Here to download pdf for information to share with your physician.