Quitting Stories

Tony's Story

October 19, 2022

Tony had been smoking for 35 years when he was diagnosed with a tumour in his lower jaw. The surgeon told him he needed to operate immediately to save his jaw bone.

Johnna's Story

April 28, 2017

If I carried on smoking I was killing myself, I know I was, I could feel it in my lungs.

Graham's Story

February 24, 2017

It’s a long journey but the kids are starting to notice the difference slowly. Yeah even myself, I’m feeling a lot more closer to my kids too.

Your Journey To Quit

Before you quit

Whether it’s your first attempt or your fiftieth, it’s important to think about your reasons for quitting and make plans to help yourself succeed.

Why Quit

Are you quitting for your health, your wealth or your loved ones? Read up on the many costs of smoking and make a list of your reasons to quit.

Planning your quit journey

Do you have a habit of smoking during work breaks? Is your smoking linked to emotions like stress and boredom? If you’re not sure, read up on common triggers and try our interactive quit planner.

Have you thought about how you’re going to quit? Check out Quit Methods for a detailed overview or have a look at What’s Right for Me to compare methods side-by-side.

While you’re quitting

There are lots of different tools available to help you quit. You can use as many as you need!

Staying motivated

Remember your reasons for quitting. You could record a motivational message from your loved ones, set up a new bank account for all your savings or start a new hobby to keep yourself focused.

It’s also important to reward yourself for your successes along the way.
We have heaps of tips to help you stay on track.

Ongoing support

Check out our Get Support page for resources you can depend on during your quitting journey. For help staying motivated, read up on the benefits of staying quit.

while you're quitting

Staying smoke-free for good

Withdrawal symptoms can make the first few days of quitting feel pretty tough, but the longer you stick at it, the easier it becomes.

What to expect

Within just 20 minutes your body will start to get the benefits of quitting. If you’re struggling to stay on track, read these common concerns. If you’ve gone back to smoking, check out relapse to help you figure out your next steps.

Real quitting experiences

There are more ex-smokers today than there are smokers, so you know it’s possible to quit for good! Get inspired by some of their stories here.

Free Quit Support

Talk to the Quitline

The Quitline is a confidential telephone advice and information service for people who want to quit smoking.

My QuitBuddy App

The My QuitBuddy App tracks your quitting progress, such as days smoke-free, cigarettes avoided, health gained and dollars saved.

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Proven Tips To Quit

Some people think quitting is about willpower, but to quit successfully means being prepared, and understanding your smoking triggers.

Find tips on quitting

Make Smoking History Program

Community, health and corrective services across Western Australia are working with Make Smoking History to ensure everyone is given the chance to reduce and quit smoking.

By accessing our free Make Smoking History program, we will help your organisation to identify tailored solutions for addressing smoking and integrate them into the work you’re already doing.

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