Going cold turkey

Going ‘cold turkey’ is a popular choice that means quitting smoking without the use of medication or other quitting products. However, there are many different ways to go cold turkey. Even though you are not using any stop smoking medications, there are still strategies you can use to improve your chances of quitting for good.

How to get started

Actions you can take right now:

Actions you can take in the first few days:

  • Tell your friends and family you are a non-smoker so they don’t offer you cigarettes or smoke around you.
  • Remind yourself of the reasons why you have quit. You could start a savings account for all the money that you would have spent on cigarettes, then use it to reward yourself when you reach your milestones. Or carry around a photo or a recording of your loved ones to help you stay on track.
  • Read our tips and tricks to help you quit.
  • Reach out to the Quitline for tailored support to help you kick the habit for good.
  • Book an appointment with your GP
Remember: Nicotine is addictive and slip-ups are common. If you go back to smoking, don’t be too hard on yourself! Figure out why you had that cigarette, and adjust your plan for next time. Never give up giving up.
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