Ready to quit? Here are 3 tips to start your journey.
If you're a smoker, you'll know there's a long list of reasons to quit.
Smoking is incredibly expensive, it can leave you feeling isolated and out of control - and then there's the huge list of serious health risks.
No wonder people who've quit say they feel relieved – they not only quit smoking, they also quit all the crap that goes with it!
So if you're ready to give it a go, here are our top three tips for getting started:
1. Build a plan
Set a quit date and use that as your target. It helps to have a clear goal in your mind; one that you can remember. As the date approaches, do a cigarette detox of your personal and home environments. Round up all the ashtrays, all the loose cigarettes, all the lighters and throw them away – remove any reminders of cigarettes from your life.
- Use our simple online planning tool to develop your own plan for success.
2. Consider risky situations
Understanding your triggers and the situations that drive you to cigarettes will help you to quit successfully. If you’re used to having a cigarette with a wine, avoid Friday night drinks to begin with. Know that the cravings will subside after the first few weeks and things will get easier. Swap your habit of smoking with a good habit – when a craving strikes instead of lighting up, go for a walk, grab a glass of water, or call a friend.
3. Choose your methods
Decide on the quitting approach that will work best for you. There are heaps of products, books, courses and methods out there. At Quit Victoria, we’ve helped thousands of people to quit successfully and our job is to know all the latest evidence on smoking and quitting. We recommend combining a nicotine replacement therapy patch with another nicotine replacement therapy product such as lozenges, spray or gum and also coaching from Quitline 13 7848. Our friendly and qualified Quitline counsellors are ready to guide you through your journey, including helping you decide which methods you’d like to try and which products might work best for you.