Talk to your GP
Seeing your GP is a good place to start for anyone wanting to stop smoking. Your GP will likely have experience treating other smokers, and will be familiar with your medical history. They can talk you through your options and work with you to find a solution best suited to your needs.1
To make the conversation about stopping smoking easier, her is a checklist of questions to ask your doctor to bring along your appointment.
It’s worth knowing that you’re up to four times more like to succeed in stopping with the help of a healthcare professional compared to quitting unaided.2 So, book an appointment with your doctor today, or search for a local doctor here.
It can be difficult to give up smoking by yourself, and counselling can help give you the support and motivation you need.1
Scientific evidence has shown that individual and group counselling can significantly improve your chances of stopping smoking.1
Depending on your individual needs and the amount of time you have, counselling may help with:1
- Information about stopping smoking and withdrawal symptoms
- Strategies for coping with smoking triggers
- Helping to address barriers to stopping smoking
- Lifestyle changes to improve your chances of going smoke-free
- How to benefit from support from family and friends
- The rewards associated with stopping smoking
- Setting a quit date
Nicotine replacement therapy temporarily replaces the nicotine from smoking tobacco to help you manage withdrawal symptoms to increase your chances of successfully stopping smoking.3
Numerous studies have now demonstrated that nicotine replacement therapy may increase your chances of giving up smoking by up to 50% to 60%.3
However, it is important to speak to your GP or Pharmacist before starting nicotine replacement therapy to determine if it is right for you.
Going cold turkey (i.e. trying to stop smoking without any assistance) is one of the most widely used methods.4
Some people may find this approach the most effective.5 But, it’s all about finding the approach that is most likely to work for you.
A number of prescription medications are available to help improve your chances of stopping smoking.1
If you think prescription medications might help you, you should talk to your GP. Your GP will work with you to find out if prescription medications are right for you, and if so, help you choose the right for you, and if so, help you choose the right one to suit your needs.1
However, medications are just part of the picture. Prescription medications for stopping smoking should be used in conjunction with support programs such as counselling.1
Several alternative methods to help people stop smoking are available. While they have not been shown to be conclusively effective in well-designed clinical trials, some people may benefit from them.1
Methods such as hypnotherapy, acupuncture and mindfulness are options that you may find useful when attempting to stop smoking.1
Where to begin
With so many different options to help you stop smoking, it’s important that you find a method that you fell comfortable with.
Talking with your GP is a good place to start. They can give you advice and together you can find the best method that’s suited to your needs and help you to stop smoking and stay smoke-free.1 Remember, it’s your stop smoking journey. You can do it your way.
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals. 2nd edn. East Melbourne, Vic: RACGP, 2019.
- West, R. (2012) Stop smoking services: increased chances of quitting. NCSCT Briefing #8. London; National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training.
- Hartmann-Boyce J, et al. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018; (5).
- Caraballo RS, et al. Prev Chronic Dis 2017; 14: E32.
- Siahpush M, et al. BMJ Open 2015; 5(1): e006229.