Some smokers find that they are able to quit smoking without any extra help. Sometimes people refer to these quit attempts as ‘going cold turkey’.
Making an attempt to quit smoking can be planned in advance or can be triggered out of the blue. Some people prefer to get motivational support, advice and assistance from support networks like family and friends or from dedicated groups such as Quitline. Your doctor is best placed to discuss which methods are right for you.
As with other methods, you are more likely to stop smoking if you are motivated to stop. Factors such as determination, willpower, a quit plan from your doctor, support from your family and friends or even a counsellor as well as change to your lifestyle and behaviour that help you break your old habits are important to having a successful quit attempt.
While not everyone experiences all of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, these symptoms can include craving tobacco, irritability, frustration, feeling angry, sleep problems, depressed mood, feeling anxious, difficulty in concentration, restlessness, weight gain and more. Some strategies to help break the hold of nicotine include avoiding triggers such as coffee or alcohol, spending time with non-smokers or in smoke-free venues and exercising.