Counselling for smoking cessation is available in many forms such as group, individual and telephone counselling (e.g. quit lines).
Counselling may involve education, advice, encouragement and even behavioural interventions. Practical advice, social support and specific training are usually provided during counselling sessions and follow-up services are available to help support your quit attempt over time.
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 changes to your lifestyle and behaviour that help you break your old habits are important to having a successful quit attempt.
Speak to your doctor for more information on quitting methods and to find the best strategy for you.
While not everyone experiences 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.