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:
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, 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.