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How to quit smoking

Your health will benefit as soon as you stop smoking so find out what steps to follow in order to quit. Learn about different quitting methods and how you may feel during the process. Find out about support that's available to help you, or a friend or family member, quit smoking.

Smoking is addictive.

It's hard to stop, but with help and support, you can quit smoking.

Quitting smoking can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, things a person can do. Most smokers say they would like to quit, and may have tried at least once. Some are successful the first time, but others try a number of times before they finally give up for good.

It might take time, it can be hard as your body has become dependent on nicotine, but many people have succeeded in giving up smoking. Become one of them by making a quit plan, using these steps:

  1. Why quit smoking?
    Understand why you want to quit and learn about the health benefits.
  2. What quitting feels like
    Learn what quitting will feel like.
  3. Know your triggers
    Keep a quit diary to learn what makes you want to smoke.
  4. Quitting methods
    Find out what tools and methods are available to help you quit.
  5. Write down your quit plan
    Learn how to develop a quit plan that will work for you.
  6. Coping with quitting and staying smoke-free
    Understand what support is available to help you quit and stay smoke-free.

Maybe it's a friend or family member that needs to quit. Find out how you can help someone quit.

Last updated: 
27 March 2019