Quit Stalling was developed jointly by Quit Victoria and Cancer Institute NSW. The campaign encourages those that smoke to make a quit attempt now. It’s easy to find reasons to put off quitting, but the more you make excuses, the harder it may get, and shows the inevitable consequences of not being honest with yourself and making the tough decision now.
The campaign follows one young male character who uses typical excuses to put off quitting (waiting for footy training to start, until his first child is born etc) until he is in his early forties and is already feeling the health consequences of smoking and seeing the impact it has on his own life and his young family.
Quit Stalling provides information in a positive and relatable way, aiming to motivate those who smoke to stop delaying quitting and take action now. It reminds them of their desire to quit and of all the times they have previously said they would quit, but didn’t.
Although all people that smoke are the target audience, males aged 18-44 and those on low income are the primary target audiences in Tasmania.
The campaign will air statewide for 4-weeks in Tasmania from 19 November 2017.
An important part of a campaign is to ensure that those wanting to quit smoking know they have access to free information and advice by calling Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 7848). Quitline is a free confidential and non-judgmental service provided by people specifically trained in smoking cessation.
Quitline counsellors provide callers with information on all aspects of giving up smoking. Quitline also provides free self-help materials and offers a free telephone callback support service to help smokers through the quitting process.
It is best to avoid drinking alcohol for the first 3 months after quitting because drinking lowers your chances of success at quitting. It helps to drink a lot of water and other non-alcoholic drinks when you are trying to quit.
Talk with someone, go for a walk, drink water, or get busy with a task. Reduce your stress by taking a hot bath, exercising, or reading a book.
Tell them that you are quitting, and ask them to assist you in this effort. Specifically, ask them not to smoke or leave cigarettes around you.