You Quit You Win is an episodic style campaign that encourages those that smoke to view quitting as a positive thing – specifically that when you quit you give up the many negative aspects of smoking such as coughing, running out of breath, feeling judged, the expense, standing outside in social situations, hiding your smoking from the kids, being controlled etc.
The campaign was jointly developed by the Cancer Institute NSW and Cancer Council Victoria in 2017.
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.
An important part of any Quit campaign is to ensure that those wanting to quit smoking can access information, advice and support 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 provides 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.
When you are thinking about stopping, talk to an expert about what's involved - e.g. Quitline, pharmacists or your GP. Find out whether one of the proven pharmaceutical treatments like NRT or Zyban would be right for you - they can double your chance of success. Get your friends and family involved as they can give you moral support. Then pick a day and stick to it.