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Plan ahead to quit in 2019

20 December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, many people reflect on the year that was, and what they’d like to change in 2019.

Daily smokers may find the costs to their health and finances are greater than they used to be, and consider quitting their habit in the new year. Some smokers may quit ‘cold turkey’ and some may be confused about where to get started.

CQ Health’s 10,000 Lives project officer Kalie Green says it is all about planning.

“Research shows that the best way to quit smoking is to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or quit smoking medication in combination with support from Quitline (phone 137848) or a health professional. These rates are increased when you quit with a buddy, be it at home or the workplace,” Ms Green said.

Central Queensland smokers are eligible to take part in a quit smoking campaign which includes 12 weeks of free NRT (e.g. patches, gum, lozenges) posted to their home, combined with four confidential callbacks with a Quitline counsellor to support them over the 12 weeks. It’s as simple as phoning 137848 or registering online.

“For someone who smokes 10 cigarettes a day, that’s roughly a saving of $1200 over that 12 weeks, or $4700 over a year. Imagine what your Christmas would look like in 2019 with those savings, let alone the health benefits of quitting,” Ms Green said.

The 10,000 Lives project has been in operation for just over 12 months, during which the local smoking rate has dropped from 17% to 14%; i.e. 4000 less adult daily smokers in Central Queensland, however the goal is still to reduce the daily smoking rate further to 9.5% by 2030, which will save 10,000 Central Queenslanders from premature death. Smoking during pregnancy is still high in Central Queensland; 17% of women smoked during pregnancy in 2016 which is 37% higher than the state average.

For more information on 10,000Lives please contact 10000lives@health.qld.gov.au.

Quit HQ Information on Quitting
Like anything, having a plan in place to help you quit, makes it easier for you. Try to keep
an open mind and know that you’re doing the best you can to improve your health.

Set a quit date

When preparing to quit, it’s common to set a ‘quit date’. Make sure it’s realistic, and then stick to it. This will give you the greatest chance of success. You can set a quit date when you register to start your quit journey at https://quithq.gpyr.net.

Before your quit date you can:

  • learn your triggers and why you smoke
  • brainstorm activities to do instead
  • choose which quit methods to use
  • write down reasons for quitting, then keep them in view
  • find a ‘Quit Buddy’, encourage and support each other
  • tell everyone you’re quitting and that you’ll need their support
  • throw out cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays from your house, car and workplace
  • set step-by-step goals and rewards for not smoking.

Use this checklist to keep on track:

  • buy quit products
  • know how to use them
  • Quitline number 137848 saved
  • counselling appointments or calls scheduled
  • lighter, cigarettes ashtrays thrown out.

For more Quit support, call 137848 or click on https://quithq.initiatives.qld.gov.au/.

Last updated: 2 January 2019

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