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) at a reduced price. All eligible Australians (including concession card holders) can access these 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 GP 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 up to 9 weeks of Bupropion and up to 24 weeks of Varenicline on the PBS per year, provided you receive coaching support from the Quitline or a health professional while you’re quitting.

Quitline

The Quitline is a telephone service available to people who want to quit smoking and vaping. It will help you get the most out of using quitting products. Call the Quitline to speak with an advisor or visit their website to find out what kind of help is available. You can also speak with Indigenous advisors, request follow up calls, and use an online chat service in some states and territories.

Quitline

Contact Quitline for help to quit smoking and vaping. You can call the hotline on 13 QUIT (13 7848), to talk to a counsellor or request a callback. The Quitline offers an online chat service in some states and territories, and has resources for health professionals.

My QuitBuddy app

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

Learn more about quitting.

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