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Plan ahead to quit in 2020

26 November 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, many people reflect on the year that was, and what they’d like to change in 2020.

Daily smokers may find that 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.

Kalie Green from CQ Health’s 10,000 Lives project, 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 137848 or a health professional. These rates are increased when you quit with a buddy, be it at home or the workplace,” she 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 call backs with a Quitline counsellor over the 12 weeks. It’s as simple as phoning 137848 or registering online.

Kalie suggests that if you are considering quitting smoking, to call Quitline on 137848 ASAP so your free Nicotine Replacement Therapy pack arrives before your quit date, and you are giving yourself the best possible start.

“For a pack a day smoker, that’s roughly a saving of $3,600 over that 12 weeks, or $15,000 over a year. Imagine what your Christmas would look like in 2020 with those savings, let alone the health benefits of quitting,” she said.

Even 4 to 6 cigarettes a day doubles your risk of cardiovascular disease.

The 10,000 Lives project has been in operation for two years, and has seen a reduction in smoking from 17% to 14%; i.e. 4000 less adult daily smokers in Central Queensland, however the goal is to reduce the daily smoking rate 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 10,000 Lives 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.

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:

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

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

Last updated: 5 December 2019

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