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How can Quitline help?

Quitline counsellors are trained experts in stopping smoking. They can give you small steps to help you break the habit and can provide support, even if you’re not completely ready to quit just yet.

Quitline 13 7848 is a welcoming, confidential telephone counselling service. Quitline counsellors can offer you tips and strategies to help you quit.

Calling the Quitline is one of the most effective ways of stopping smoking. Our Quitline counsellors can also call you at a convenient time: request a callback.

Quitline counsellors are trained to listen and talk through ways to quit. You can also ask to speak to an Aboriginal Quitline counsellor.

You can call Quitline with a quick query but a typical first call takes around 10–20 minutes. The first call often covers your smoking history, your motivation to quit and how smoking fits into your life

Research shows that the most effective way to stop smoking is a combination of counselling  (such as the Quitline) and stop smoking medications, like nicotine medications, varenicline (brand name Champix) or bupropion (brand name Zyban).

Call the Quitline on 13 7848, or request a callback. You can also ask to speak to an Aboriginal Quitline counsellor

What can the Quitline counsellors do for me?

  • Help you set up a plan that is tailored just for you.
  • Listen carefully and offer tips and strategies that suit you.
  • Help to motivate you by listening carefully to your reasons for stopping smoking.
  • Offer advice on nicotine medications  (such as patches or gum) or other stop smoking medications (Champix and Zyban). We recommend using Quitline plus a stop smoking medication. It’s best to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using stop smoking medications.
  • Discuss how you might’ve tried to quit in the past. Quitline counsellors can help you to draw on your experience to make a plan to quit.
  • Post you a quit pack or a stop smoking  brochure.

Common questions about the Quitline

  • Who will be on the other end of the line? Our Quitline counsellors are qualified counsellors who have years of experience. Quitline counsellors understand that quitting is a complex process and that most people will have several goes at quitting before they quit for good. Quitline counsellors are trained to listen carefully.
  • How long can I talk to them for? Many people call Quitline with a quick query, but a typical first call to Quitline takes around 10–20 minutes.
  • What will they want to know? Your call is confidential. This means you don't have to give your name if you don't want to. Quitline counsellors will generally ask you about your smoking history, your motivation to quit, an understanding of your smoking based on nicotine dependence, your habit, and the stress side of smoking. An essential part of the first Quitline call is to set up a plan for stopping smoking that suits you. Quitline counsellors can also give advice about the different stop smoking medications. Quitline counsellors are trained to help you to explore your desire to quit and to deepen it. Quitline can also offer a wide range of helpful resources.
  • Do I have to be currently trying to stop smoking to talk to them? Not at all. If you’re currently smoking and thinking about your options, or a family member looking for advice on how to help a loved one, Quitline is there for you.
  • Can I speak to the same Quitline counsellor again? Unfortunately due to Quitline counsellors’ working shifts it is difficult for us to allocate you a particular Quitline counsellor. Talking to different Quitline counsellors means getting a range of different tips.
  • When is Quitline open? Quitline operates at different times in different states and territories. Check your local Quitline website for more information.
  • Does it cost anything to call? The cost of a local call (normal charges apply from a mobile phone). But you can also ask us to call you. Request a Quitline callback.
  • How well does Quitline work? Quitline is regularly reviewed for effectiveness. Studies show that Quitline greatly increases your chance of stopping smoking and that most callers find Quitline really helpful.

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