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Quit Tips Hub

We know that restrictions relating to COVID-19 - and the impacts they may have had - can increase people’s feelings of worry, stress and anxiety. We also know that it's not uncommon for stress to act as a trigger to smoke. That's why we've compiled our most useful tips, stories and information on quitting and staying quit, in one place right here at the Quit Tips Hub. It's a place to: find tips on how to manage stress and anxiety without reaching for a cigarette; hear how others have stopped smoking; learn about the benefits of quitting; and help you to build your personalised plan to quit.

We're here to support you, however you are feeling. Browse the Quit Tips Hub, give us a call or SMS on 13 7848 or complete the call back form to request a time for us to ring you back. No judgement, no lectures. We'll listen and help you find your way towards a life without smokes.

To give yourself the best chance of preparing to quit, and staying quit, chat with one of our qualified Quitline counsellors on 13 7848, Mon - Fri, 8am - 8pm, or request a call back. Quitline is an inclusive and culturally safe space for all, including the LGBTIQA+ community. Aboriginal Quitline counsellors are also available, and we have an interpreter service for people who speak a language other than English.

Why quit?

As soon as you stop smoking, your body starts repairing. Find out about all the health benefits of quitting here.

Know your triggers and plan for them

Knowing what your triggers are helps you plan how you can manage them without reaching for a smoke.

Recognising your triggers
Ever noticed how certain things trigger your smoking? There may be specific situations which make you crave a cigarette. Once you have worked out what your triggers are, you can use strategies to avoid or overcome them.

Smoking and drinking
Most people crave alcohol when they are smoking, and crave cigarettes when they are drinking. Why is this?

Slip ups
Slip-ups are a common part of quitting for most people. Treat it as a sign that you need to revise your quitting strategy. Try not to waste your energy on self-blame.

Managing your physical and mental health

Feeling stressed or anxious is a normal response to challenging circumstances. There are healthy ways to ease anxiety without reaching for a cigarette.

Relaxation exercises 
Quitline counsellors share their tips on healthy ways to ease stress and anxiety without reaching for a cigarette.

Practical tips on how to distract yourself and create new routines in order to stop smoking, from people who've done it!

Managing stress
We all get stressed and we all have different ways of dealing with it. If you smoke, it's tempting to have a cigarette when things are tough. Try these strategies next time you're stressed out and craving a smoke.

Changing your habits instead of smoking

Building your confidence to quit - why you can do this!
If you’re like most smokers, smoking is a huge part of your life. It’s common to feel nervous about giving it away. Here are some tips for building confidence.

5 things you can do to maximise your chances of quitting
For your best chance of quitting smoking for good, know what you’ll gain and have a clear plan that suits your lifestyle.

Build your personalised Quit Plan
Take a step by step approach to building your quit plan. Walk through each of the stages to get a full picture of what it takes to quit, learn why you smoke in the first place, and then develop a method that is specific to you and your lifestyle.

Stories from people who have quit smoking

Nicotine replacement therapy - find what works for you

There are many quitting options and methods out there. Research show that the most effective way of stopping smoking is to use a combination of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and support from a quit counselling service such as Quitline. So how do you decide what NRT is best for you? Watch the video and read below to learn more about the different types of NRT: nicotine patchesgummouth spraylozenges and inhalator.

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There are a range of support options available to help you quit.

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