New online smoking clinic offers prescriptions for vaping
Posted on April 1, 2020
AUSTRALIA'S first online medical service to help smokers quit is now available. The service offers prescriptions for vaping where appropriate.
Quitclinics provides best-practice medical care for smokers. Smokers should try to quit first with the approved treatments such as nicotine patches or gum or varenicline tablets. However, if other methods have been unsuccessful and you are interested in vaping, support and prescriptions for vaping liquids can be provided.
Quitclinics has been established by a registered Australian doctor. The service provides a secure face-to-face video consultation with the doctor
The doctor will speak to you about your smoking history and past quit attempts. All patients will be asked how many cigarettes they are smoking at the first visit and at 3-monthly intervals afterwards.
Patients make an appointment online and pay a $79 fee prior to consultation (about the cost of two packs of cigarettes). There is no Medicare rebate.
The service is available Australia-wide.
Vaping nicotine is legal in Australia if you have a prescription for nicotine from a registered Australian doctor. Quitclinics will provide prescriptions where appropriate to help smokers quit or reduce relapse to smoking.
ATHRA hopes Aussie smokers and vapers will embrace this service. Vaping is the most effective quitting aid available and has helped millions of smokers quit globally
Vaping is twice as effective as nicotine patches and gum and is at least 95% safer than smoking.
However, there are tough fines and even jail sentences for possessing nicotine without a prescription.
For those who are unable to quit with other therapies and choose to vape, this service provides advice and the necessary prescription to make vaping legal.
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PLEASE NOTE: ATHRA and its directors have no commercial or financial relationship with quitclinics.
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