Feeling well supported is one of the best ways to increase your chances of staying quit and lower your chances of setback.
You can find that support from any number of places, or use a combination of different support options. If you find that you aren’t receiving enough support, or would like more support, try the following:
Quitline doubles your chances of quitting.
If you haven’t already, calling Quitline 13 7848 can help you to plan and manage the long-term aspects of quitting. Are you finding that certain experiences trigger a craving? Perhaps you want to discuss how your progress is going. A dedicated Quitline counsellor is available to support you when you need it.
Speak to family and friends
Quitting smoking is an ongoing challenge, and sometimes family and friends might not immediately understand what it’s like for you. By sitting down and talking about anything that you’re finding difficult, or how they can help you, you’re giving yourself the best chance of success. For example, if a friend or family member smokes, you might want to ask them to respect your quitting attempt and to not smoke around you.
Ask your GP or pharmacist
If you would like pharmacological support, like trying nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or Champix to help manage cravings, your GP or pharmacist can help. Speak to them about what you’re finding difficult and they’ll be able to discuss your options with you. If you like, you can opt for your Quitline counsellor to chat to your GP or pharmacist.
Find a quitting buddy
Finding someone to buddy up with while you quit can be helpful. Get another friend to quit with you, or ask a non-smoking friend to come with you to social occasions so you feel more comfortable and confident in your decision to quit.