Quitting smoking isn’t a walk in the park for everyone. It helps to be prepared for what’s to come.
So here’s what you need to know.
1. There isn’t a one size fits all way of kicking the habit
Cold turkey doesn’t work for everyone, just like using patches on their own might be less effective without some coaching too.
Everyone is different and needs to work out what is best for them. You may need to try a few things to see what works.
2. Every time you quit you learn more about yourself and your habit
It takes the average person eight quit attempts before quitting for good. So don’t feel discouraged if you have a slip up or fall back into smoking. The most important thing to learn is what triggered you to go back to smoking.
3. Nicotine patches, and the quitting medications Champix and Zyban, are cheaper with a prescription from a doctor
A visit to your GP when you are planning to quit can be very helpful. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches, gum and lozenge, and Champix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion), are available on the PBS, making them cheaper for you to purchase. The means even more money in your pocket from quitting smoking!
4. Not everyone gets withdrawal symptoms
You might be one of the lucky ones who does not experience withdrawal symptoms from quitting – recovery symptoms, as we like to call them, because they are a sign that your body is recovering.
It does help to be prepared in case you get the odd craving. See more information on managing nicotine withdrawal. The good news is that cravings only last a few minutes and weaken within weeks.
5. You will be seriously cashed up
A pack-a-day smoker will save over $9000 in one year after quitting. Think about all the holidays, shopping and other activities you could reward yourself with after you quit. Not to mention the health benefits you will be experiencing.
6. There’s an app for that
The My Quit Buddy app will be your best friend when quitting! The app has a countdown to your quit date, tracks your quitting progress and even lets you know how much money you save each day from not smoking.
7. For everything else, there’s Quitline (13 7848)
No matter what stage of quitting you are at, even if you are just thinking about it, our expert Quitline counsellors are happy to chat while giving you advice and support when you need it. And all for the cost of a local call.
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