Most smokers want to quit smoking. Research shows that more than 75 per cent of smokers have made at least one attempt to quit smoking.
Deciding to quit smoking is the first big step. A range of support is available to give you the best chance of succeeding.
The Quit because you can booklet has been designed to provide information and strategies to help with quitting smoking.
The booklet helps you consider a range of reasons for quitting and suggests ways to understand your own smoking. It also helps you work through a quit plan and provides advice on how to deal with the challenges of giving up smoking, such as coping with cravings and managing stress.
See the Quit Because You Can website for more information about:
Smokers who plan before they quit are more successful than those who don't, and planning can be done quickly. A smoker's quit plan can include:
The nicotine in tobacco products in addictive. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products such as patches and gum, are used to replace some of the nicotine that you would normally receive through smoking cigarettes. This helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, irritability, mood swings and anxiety when quitting.
Research tells us that people who use NRT to quit smoking are more likely to succeed than people who try to quit 'cold turkey.' People using NRT and receiving support from a trained Quitline counsellor are even more likely to succeed.
Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) such as patches and gum, or other prescribed medications, combined with other supports such as counselling is the best way to increase your chance of quitting successfully.
Prescription medications include Bupropion Hcl (Zyban) and Varencline (Champix). For more information about these medications talk to your doctor or contact the Quitline 13 QUIT (13 7848).
For more information about the types of products available to quit smoking see the Products to Help you Quit Smoking brochure.
The Quitline 13 QUIT (13 7848) can also help you plan to quit smoking, provide support whilst quitting and staying a non-smoker. For more information about the Quitline and other supports available, see Support and Services.
Stopping smoking can be stressful. If you have suffered from depression, anxiety or another mental illness, ask your doctor's advice before quitting.
New South Wales Government
13QUIT (New South Wales Government) provides help with quitting including information on the steps to quit, support available, resources and useful contacts.
Quit Coach is a free computer program. You will be asked questions and then given ideas and suggestions to help you quit smoking and stay quit.