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Did you know: Smoking rates in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) communities are about double the national average? Quit is a culturally safe space, here to empower people in the LGBTIQA+ community who smoke to quit. Quitline counsellors can also support you to quit vaping, or support you if you're using vapes to stop smoking.

Find your why: your quitting journey is as unique as you

Congratulations on taking on a step towards quitting. Your quitting journey is as unique as you are, and quitting looks different for everyone.

When you quit, your physical health improves. But did you know physical wellbeing is just the beginning? Quitting will also:

  • Improves your mental health and reduces your stress levels.

  • Free up money to put towards your lifestyle goals like holidays and events, savings, a new car, dining out or other experiences.

  • Free up your time to do the things that are important to you.

  • Simplify your life and take back control.

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Thomas' Quit Story

Thomas' quitting journey had ups and downs. With each attempt, he learnt something new that helped him along the way. One if his main motivations to quit for good was to safeguard not only his own health but also the well-being of Albert.

Why is smoking more common in LGBTIQA+ communities?

Common reasons people in the LGBTIQA+ community list for taking up smoking include:

  • coping with stress

  • experiencing discrimination

  • social anxiety 

  • rejection from loved ones 

  • experience of trauma 

  • social normalisation in social circles and venues

  • links to alcohol and other drug use.

How to stop smoking?

The most effective way to stop smoking is to combine behavioural support from a service like Quitline (13 7848) with nicotine replacement therapy or prescribed stop smoking medication.

To give yourself the best chance to stop smoking, it helps to: 

Not everyone succeeds the first time they try to stop smoking, and some people will try multiple times before they succeed. 

Set up a quit plan

Matilda's Story

Matilda Mercury shares her story of quitting smoking. Hear about smoking in the LGBTIQA+ community, what inspired Matilda to quit, and the many benefits Matilda continues to enjoy as a result of stopping smoking:

After 11 years of smoking, Matilda quit for her wellbeing and for her dad. Her biggest piece of advice is to keep going and lean on your support system, like friends and Quitline to help you on your quitting journey.

Quitline (13 7848) is a culturally safe space

Quitline counsellors can chat to you in a culturally appropriate and accessible way. You'll also find peers working in the service.

Quitline counsellors offer personalised support throughout your quitting journey, whether it’s your first or fifth attempt to quit. Quitline counsellors help you build and keep up your motivation to quit and can help you create a stop smoking plan that suits you. Quitline counsellors can also support you if you are using vapes to stop smoking and can help you stop vaping.

Contacting Quitline increases your chance of quitting successfully. There are many ways to get in touch with Quitline. 

Reach out to Quitline

Also check out the My QuitBuddy app: My QuitBuddy is an app that helps you get, and stay, smoke-free and vape-free. It provides helpful tips to overcome cravings and tracking systems to chart your progress. My QuitBuddy gives you the facts you need to understand the impacts smoking and vaping have on your health.

Our work with the LGBTIQA+ community

Want to learn more about our partnerships and projects with the LGBTIQA+ community to become smokefree?

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