Quitting smoking is personal. Every smoker is different and what works for you might not work for someone else. So it's helpful to know there are many different methods that can help you quit, and there's bound to be a method – or combination of methods – to suit you.
Have a look through this list and see which method you'd like to try to quit for good.
Seeing your doctor
Seeing your doctor is a good place to start for anyone wanting to quit smoking: your doctor will have experience treating other smokers, and will be familiar with your medical history. They can talk you through your options and find a solution best suited to your needs.1
To make the conversation about quitting smoking easier, it can be helpful to take some questions along to your appointment.
It's worth knowing that you're up to 4x more likely to succeed in quitting with the help of a healthcare professional compared to quitting unaided2, so start your search for a local doctor who can help today.
It can be difficult to quit smoking by yourself, and counselling can help give you the support and motivation you need.1
Counselling comes in many forms: from individual face-to-face support, in a group, online or over the phone. These services can provide structure, motivation, support and skills to help you change your behaviour – like managing your smoking triggers and stressful situations. Counselling can also help you to develop confidence, so you're able to navigate through the challenges and stick it out.1
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
Nicotine replacement therapy, or NRT, helps to reduce some of the withdrawal symptoms you may experience –like cravings, anxiety or irritability, and mood swings.1 There are many forms of NRT, such as patches, gum, lozenges, sprays and inhalators.1These products contain nicotine and are intended to replace some of the nicotine you normally get from cigarettes, without the other dangerous chemicals.1
Your doctor or pharmacist can explain more about how to use NRT, and help you decide if it's a suitable quit smoking aid for you.
Some smokers find that they are able to quit without any medicine or quit smoking aids. This is sometimes called ‘going cold turkey’. Every smoker is different: many smokers have successfully quit by going cold turkey, while others may prefer to have extra support.1
If you are planning to go cold turkey, these ideas will help you to create a successful quit plan.
Methods such as hypnotherapy, acupuncture and mindfulness are also options that some people try when attempting to quit smoking. Speak to your doctor for advice and to find a method that's best suited to your needs.1,3,4
Smoking cessation medicines can help reduce your desire to smoke as well as tackling some of the withdrawal symptoms you may experience when you quit. They are designed to work together with counselling, support from your friends and family, and a well thought-out quit plan that includes follow up appointments with a doctor.1,5
With so many different quit options, it’s important that you find a method that you feel comfortable with.
Talking with your doctor is a good place to start. Together you can find the best way for you to quit and stay that way. Remember, it’s your quit journey. You can do it your way.