Going vape-free

Thinking about giving up vaping? Find help and support here.

Reasons to quit vaping

Finding your inspo or what motivates you to quit will help you keep at it when things get tough. People have different reasons for wanting to cut back or quit vaping. These might be some of your reasons to try and stop, but you may have others. Think about which ones work for you.

You’ll feel better. Your body and mind will feel better. When you stop vaping, your body will get a chance to repair the damage done by regularly inhaling toxic chemicals. Quitting while you’re young will protect your developing brain from harm caused by nicotine. 

Quitting can improve your mental health. The nicotine in vapes may worsen symptoms of anxiety and depression. Vaping is not an effective way to cope with sadness or depression. 

We are still learning about all the health risks related to vaping.

But we do know that vaping is not safe and short-term use can cause:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • mouth and airway irritation
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath.

Quitting vaping is one of the best things you can do. Your mind and body will thank you for it. 

You’ll feel free

When you quit vaping, you’ll break your body’s dependence on nicotine. You’ll feel more in control and have more freedom to make choices about your life that don’t revolve around vaping. You won’t be restricted and always thinking about finding time and places to vape.

You’ll have more money

Every dollar you save by not vaping can be spent on things that are more important to you. If you spend $20 a week on vaping, you could save over $1,000 a year by quitting. Work out how much you could save by quitting vaping and what you could do with this money instead.

You’ll be helping your friends, family and the environment

When you vape, it affects those around you and the environment. When you quit, it’s good for everyone because you’re protecting those around you. 

Vapes have a massive impact on the environment. Many vape pods are plastic (made from non-renewable fossil fuels) and can’t be recycled as they contain toxic chemicals and nicotine. When vapes are littered or go into landfill, they contaminate the environment with poisons like nicotine, heavy metals, and flammable lithium-ion batteries. This waste takes centuries to break down.

Who to talk to about quitting

Quitting vaping is a major step towards improving your physical and mental wellbeing. Most vapes contain nicotine, which is addictive. If you’re currently trying to quit, you might be having cravings and find it difficult to give it up. Remind yourself why quitting is good for you and it’s okay if it takes a few tries to be completely vape-free. 

Finding the right support can help you to quit successfully. You’re not alone on the journey. 

If you’re vaping and thinking about quitting, there are lots of options and resources to support and motivate you.

  • Quitline (137 848) is a confidential phone service. You can talk to a counsellor about ways to quit. In some states and territories you can chat to a counsellor online. 
  • Your GP or a trusted health professional can give you useful information and helpful advice on how to quit vaping.
  • Confide in family or a trusted adult for support and guidance.
  • Share your quitting journey with friends who support your decision.

Help and support

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.

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline provides a free, private and confidential phone and online counselling service for young people aged from 5 to 25. The service is available 24 hours a day from anywhere in Australia.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

headspace

headspace is a mental health support service for young people and their families with a focus on early intervention. Young people aged between 12 and 25 experiencing mental health issues can contact them online or via the phone to access support services from 9 am to 1 am, 7 days a week.

More information

Find more information on vaping and where you can get support to quit.

Find a quit service near you

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