The federal government has today (December 30) announced the inclusion of two lower strength nicotine patches on the list of drugs subsidised by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
From January 1, 2012 patches of 14 and 7 milligrams will be part-funded by the government – joining the 21mg over 24 hours and 15mg over 16 hours aides already listed on the scheme.
Health minister Tanya Plibersek says the move is good news for those looking to quit smoking in 2012.
"The new patches will help smokers by giving them further options for quitting and will allow clinicians to tailor the way they reduce a patient's nicotine intake," Ms Plibersek said.
"The listing of these nicotine patches on the PBS will cut the price of patches down to just $5.80 a month for concessional patients or $35.40 a month for general patients. That’s a lot cheaper than smoking a pack a day."
The health minister recognised the reduction in the number of smokers in Australia in recent decades.
For those looking for further assistance in their attempt to quit smoking may find that their private health insurance policy also includes access to lifestyle management initiatives such as quit smoking programs.