Quitting smoking is a process that is different for everyone, but those thinking of quitting can follow three simple steps to get started.
1. Understand why you smoke
There are three common reasons why people smoke.
- Addiction―you do it to satisfy your body’s craving for nicotine.
- Emotion―you do it to relieve stress, to console yourself if you’re upset, or as a reward when you’re happy.
- Habit―certain situations can trigger you to think about smoking, like seeing your friends who smoke, or having a cup of coffee.
Knowing when and why you smoke can help you prepare for withdrawals, anticipate cravings and avoid known triggers.
2. Make a plan
Making a quitting plan involves looking at all of the different ways to quit that are available, and working out which strategy, or which combination of strategies could be best for you. Quitline counsellors are able to help you through this process.
3. Get support
You don’t have to go it alone. And in fact, your chances of quitting successfully are doubled when you reach out to a support service like Quitline. You might also like to speak with your family and friends about your decision and how they can help, as well as your GP and pharmacist.