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Stuck on quitting? Read the 6 best hacks to quit smoking once and for all

If you’ve made the decision to quit, you’re on the right track! But even if you’re using quitting medication or nicotine replacement products, cravings can still pop up when you least expect it.

If you’ve made the decision to quit, you’re on the right track! But even if you’re using quitting medication or nicotine replacement products, cravings can still pop up when you least expect it. 

If you find certain triggers, maybe your morning coffee or a stressful day at work, make you crave a cigarette, you’re not alone! Cravings for nicotine are a common part of quitting. The good news? They often only last a few minutes and Quit has over 100 tips and tricks to help you manage cravings - or avoid them all together. 

Read on for our six top tips to help you stay on track.

  • Relax and unwind If you find yourself reaching for a cigarette after work or a chore, how about a meditation or mindfulness exercise instead? Simple deep breathing exercises for a few minutes can release muscle tension and make you feel more present, helping you pre-empt the trigger or craving and calm the mind.   Another good option is progressive muscle relaxation, which involves counting your breaths and releasing tension from a select group of muscles by holding them tight and then letting go. Find more distraction techniques here.

  • Don’t be idle Do you find you want a cigarette more when you’re looking for something to do or you’re feeling bored? Often, the feeling of agitation or restlessness can make us want to smoke, not because we’re craving it but out of sheer boredom. Try to keep busy by playing a fun game on your phone or your computer. It can distract you from the urge to smoke as you focus on a mind based task instead. 
  • Explore the neighbourhood Old habits can die hard. We are all guilty of sticking to what we know. The same locations, cafes or usual haunts might remind you of somewhere you smoked or bring about a craving. If you stick to the same café or park quite often, try venturing out of the neighbourhood.   A new unexplored location can be an exciting distraction and encourage you to venture further out of your comfort zone. Try create new smokefree memories in new locations! 
  • Cut yourself some slack Cold turkey can work for some folks but not everyone. Nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum can help you manage cravings in the initial days and weeks, allowing you to focus on replacing old habits with new, healthy routines. They’re safe, inexpensive compared to smoking and when combined with personalised support from a service like the Quitline, have been proven to increase your chance of quitting success. For more info, call the Quitline on 13 7848 or request a call back.
  • Switch up your food You can curb your cravings just by switching up some of your most common habits. You probably don’t even notice that you have the same routines every morning or every day. If your common breakfast is to have a coffee and a cigarette, break the connection by trying a new breakfast! Simple options such as toast or muesli mix it up without being tricky. If you’re stumped on ideas, jump on the LiveLighter website for easy and nutritious breakfast ideas! 
  • Phone a friend  Laughter can often be the best medicine to lift us up. If the cravings are getting you down, call a friend or family member to distract you from a trigger. Checking in with family or friends can boost your mood, give you time to catch up with people you may have forgotten to touch base with and make them feel special too! 


The best way to quit is to use a combination of methods. Adding personalised support such as the Quitline can help you not just quit, but stay quit. Call the Quitline on 13 7848 and get tailored information on how to beat the habit, use nicotine replacement products and other tips and tricks. 

Jump on the call back page to book a time to have Quitline call you, build your own quit plan or read up on how former smokers beat the habit.

We have over 100 tailored tips and tactics to help you stay quit for good, check out our tips and tactics.


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