Get ready to quit

Finding your own approach to quitting is important. You should choose a quitting method you feel comfortable with and that suits your lifestyle.

Once you've found a way to quit that best suits you, you'll feel more in control. There are many different strategies to help you quit:

Cold turkey

'Cold Turkey' is giving up smoking suddenly, without the help of quitting products. This is how most people quit smoking.

Nicotine replacement products

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) works by reducing withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, irritability, mood swings and anxiety. If you use these medications properly, it is possible you can double your chances of quitting successfully. NRT products include patches, chewing gum, tablets and inhalers.

Nicotine patches (several brands and strengths) are available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for all eligible Australians (including concession card holders). All these products are available at a reduced price for eligible patients through the PBS with a prescription from a General Practitioner (GP) or health professional. Consult with your GP or health professional about which products might suit you.

Prescription medications

Both Bupropion (Zyban) and Varenicline (Champix®) reduce withdrawal symptoms when you quit. Varenicline also works by blocking the nicotine receptors in your brain and making smoking less satisfying. These medications are not suitable for everyone and you should talk to your General Practitioner or health professional to find out if they're right for you.

The Government subsidises the cost of these medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). You are allowed two courses of Bupropion and up to three courses of Varenicline on the PBS per year, provided you receive coaching support from the Quitline or a health professional while you’re quitting.

Quitline (13 7848)

The Quitline is a telephone service available to smokers who want to quit and will help you get the most out of using quitting products. Call the Quitline to speak with an advisor to find out what kind of help is available. You can also speak with Indigenous advisors and request follow up calls.

My Quitbuddy

My QuitBuddy is a mobile phone app designed to support and encourage you on your journey to becoming smoke-free. The personalised application provides a countdown to your quit attempt, tracks your quitting progress and checks in to make sure you stay smoke free.

The Quit for You-Quit for Two mobile phone app provides help and support for pregnant women quitting smoking.

The app inspires you to keep on your quit journey by providing amazing facts about your baby's development and distracts from cravings with practical quit tips or fun games. A savings calculator keeps track of all the money you save by not smoking and gives ideas about what you could buy with the money saved.

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Page last updated: 05 Feb 2017