For many people going cold turkey is the most successful way
of quitting. Going cold turkey means stopping suddenly and
completely without cutting down.
Quitline / Counselling
Phone the Quitline for a free Quit Kit or to speak to a trained
counsellor on 131 848 or 1800 198 024 (toll free for country
Call HealthInfo at the Department of Health on 1300 135 030.
Ask your midwife, antenatal educator or GP for advice.
There are a number of support groups available for people
trying to quit smoking.
Fresh Start Course
The Cancer Foundation of Western Australia’s Fresh
Start course is a comprehensive short course which provides
information, resources and support to smokers wanting to
quit and stay stopped.
The course covers issues such as nicotine addiction, managing
withdrawal symptoms, weight control, stress management,
recognising and planning for possible obstacles to quitting,
staying stopped and enjoying being a non-smoker. For more
information phone the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20.
Psychologists- Clinical and Counselling Psychologists.
Psychologists working in this area use a wide range of techniques.
Some work with individuals and some run focus groups. For
more information, please contact the Australian Psychological
Society on 1800 333 497 (toll free).
Community Drug Service Teams
Community Drug Service Teams based throughout Western Australia
that sometimes offer free Quit Support Groups. To find your
local Community Drug Service Team contact the Quitline
on 131 848.
Herbal remedies are not usually recommended for pregnant or
breast feeding women. If you are considering using a herbal
remedy always consult with your doctor and pharmacist before
taking any products.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy is not usually recommended for
pregnant or breast feeding women. If you are considering using
drug therapy you should always consult with your doctor and
pharmacist before taking these products.
Ideally smoking cessation during pregnancy should be achieved without NRT. For women unable to quit on their own, NRT may be recommended. The benefits of quitting smoking are likely to outweigh the risks from using NRT or continuing to smoke. NRT is less harmful than smoking during pregnancy, as the pregnant woman and the baby receive less nicotine and no exposure to carbon monoxide and other toxic substances. Intermittent dosing products (i.e. gum, sublingual tablet, lozenges, and inhalers) should be used as these usually provide a lower daily dose of nicotine than patches.
Nicotine from smoking and NRT is found in breast milk. Nicotine passes freely into breast milk, just as it easily crosses the placenta during pregnancy. It is preferable to avoid exposing an infant to any potentially harmful substance. However, the overall dose of nicotine obtained from using NRT is substantially lower than that obtained by smoking. When using NRT there is no contamination of breast milk with other components of tobacco smoke such as, carbon monoxide and the 4,000 or more other dangerous chemicals. Self-administered nicotine replacement products that provide intermittent nicotine, such as the gum, lozenge, sublingual tablet (microtab) or inhaler are preferable to the constant delivery of nicotine as provided by the patch. The use of the NRT can then be timed to minimise the level of nicotine in the milk when breastfeeding by using it immediately after a feed to extend the time between using the NRT and the baby�s next feed
Other pharmacological Aids
Zyban (Buproprion Hydrochloride)
Zyban has the active ingredient buproprion hydrochloride
and has to be prescribed by a doctor. Zyban is not usually
recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women.
Champix is another quit smoking medication and has to be prescribed by a doctor. Champix is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women.
While there is often interest in acupuncture, hypnotherapy,
herbal and homeopathic preparations there is insufficient
evidence on their effectiveness of these as quitting methods.
Alternative methods are not recommended for pregnant or breast
feeding women. If you are considering using an alternative
method you should always consult your doctor before taking
Coping with withdrawal symptoms It is important to have strategies ready for when
you experience cravings, such as the 4D’s
Delay: For a few minutes and the urge
will pass Drink water: Sip it slowly Deep breathe: Take three slow, deep breaths Do something else: To take your mind off