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Smoking causes sticky blood

Every time you smoke your blood becomes sticky, increasing your risk of a heart attack.

Message from Associate Professor Nick Cox

Whether or not you're ready to quit, we're here to help

Stopping smoking reduces your risk of heart attack and heart disease. Within 2-3 months of quitting, your blood is less sticky and your risk of heart attack continues to fall over time.

The best way to stop smoking is with support from a Quitline counsellor and stop smoking medication. You don't have to be ready to quit to chat with a Quitline counsellor. It's also a good idea to chat with your doctor. They can discuss your options and give you a script for cheaper stop smoking medication. What to ask your GP.

If chatting on the phone isn't your thing, explore our other support options. These include QuitTxt and QuitMail. You can also join our Facebook community to hear from others, ask questions and share experiences.


How can Quitline help

Free counselling to help you stop smoking

Quitline counsellors are trained to help you find your reasons to quit and the methods most likely to work for you. They can offer personalised advice or simply answer general questions about quitting.


How Quitline can help

Tips and Tactics

See tips and tactics that helped others stop smoking

Where do you begin? What are some quitting methods? What are some useful tips to know? Explore a range of tips and tactics to find the ones that could work for you and your lifestyle.



Explore tips and tactics

Build a plan

Build your own quit plan


What could be your approach to stopping smoking? Use the Build Your Plan tool to work out, step-by-step, a stop-smoking plan specific to you and your lifestyle. Select the methods and tactics that will work best for you.


Build your plan

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