Prescription-only medications

While there is no magic pill to help you quit smoking, there are prescription-only stop smoking medications available in Australia.

These medications help to reduce withdrawal symptoms and reduce the pleasant sensation you would usually experience when nicotine reaches your brain.

To find out more about stop smoking medications:

Download the Stop Smoking Medications Guide
Download our guide to get the overview on stop-smoking medications and the differences between prescription tablets.
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Talk to your doctor about quitting smoking and get professional support to successfully break your dependence on nicotine.

Behavioural support

Behavioural support is an important but often overlooked method to quit smoking. While stop smoking medications focus on the chemical addition to smoking, behavioural support is helpful for breaking habits.

You can try free behavioural support tools such as:

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For behavioural support to quit smoking, the best place to start is Quitline. Speak to a trained Quitline counsellor on the phone or through online chat and get expert support on quitting.

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Double Quit Action

Evidence suggests that when behavioural support is used with stop smoking medication, it can give you the best chance of quitting success. Use Double Quit Action to tackle your physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal at the same time as tackling your emotional and habit-related triggers to smoke.

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Bottom line, it is important for you to identify ways to cope with cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Learning new coping skills will build your confidence, keep you motivated and help you to stay on track.

Unsupported stop smoking methods

There are a range of other methods that claim to help people quit smoking such as:

Acupuncture and hypnotherapy

Some people find these methods helpful. However, evidence suggests they are not very effective to help people quit smoking and stay quit in the long term, and can be very expensive. Therefore, these methods are not recommended when more effective methods are available.

E-cigarettes (vapes)

E-cigarettes, or vapes, are relatively new products that may be prescribed to long-term smokers who have already tried other proven methods to quit smoking. E-cigarettes carry many short-term health harms while the long-term health harms are unknown. For this reason, it is important to talk to your GP to weigh up the risks and benefits for your health. Unlike most other prescription medications, e-cigarettes have not been approved as safe or effective quit smoking products by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

There are more ex-smokers today than current smokers. Quitting IS possible, and there will be a safe and effective method that works for you. If you are unsure what option to take, book an appointment with your GP.

Read from individuals who successfully quit smoking using the other stop smoking methods

I sat down and wrote out a list of distraction techniques to do whenever I wanted a smoke. Go for a walk, take a shower, do some art, hang out in non-smoking areas like the cinema or swimming pool. I was actually shocked at how quickly the cravings went away. I also had a quit booklet on hand, used an online app and got some tablets from my GP. I honestly never thought I could actually quit.

I started off with patches but it was not enough so I got a prescription for medication. It was good. It made it easier but there was still my will power that needed the extra work before I fully quit.

I quit with medication - I got a prescription from my doctor.

I got the quit smoking tablet at the chemist with a prescription. I stopped smoking 5 days after.

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

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