There is no one method to stop smoking that works for everyone. You may need to try out different methods to see what best suits your lifestyle. The most common smoking cessation methods are:
Stopping smoking completely at a set date, without relying on any other medical products
Cutting down on the number of cigarettes you smoke daily, until you finally reach zero
Speaking to a Trained Counsellor
A mental health expert can help you understand the psychological reasons for why you smoke and how to manage these cravings
Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
NRT helps to relieve your withdrawal symptoms by releasing small doses of nicotine in your body throughout the day
When to see a Doctor
about Smoking Cessation
We’re here to support you on your quit smoking journey. Speak to our doctors for medical advice on effective cessation techniques or assess your suitability for Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
- Discuss your plans to quit smoking and any relevant medical history
- Identify the right approach to help you effectively stop smoking and to help you commit to the plan
- Receive prescription for NRT products to help you manage withdrawal cravings
Smoking Cessation GP
per video consult*
Use code* < BUTTOUT > when you see a doctor for advice and prescribed treatments to quit smoking.
Quit Smoking Medication & Treatment
Consult a doctor conveniently online via the DA app, to assess if NRT products would be effective for your quit smoking jurney. There are two main types of NRT medication you may be prescribed.
A transdermal patch is a daily patch and works by releasing a controlled amount of nicotine into your bloodstream over the course of the day.
The chewing gum works fast to relieve any nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms; the number of pieces of gum taken daily depends on the point in your quit smoking journey.
Get help to quit smoking,
anytime you’re ready to start
Consult a doctor anytime, anywhere you are on the DA app
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is quitting smoking so hard?
Quitting smoking can be challenging, especially if you’ve been smoking for a long time, due to three factors:
- Physical addiction: Cigarettes contain nicotine, which is physically addictive. Nicotine triggers both a physical and psychological pleasure response in our bodies. However, as our bodies build up a tolerance for nicotine, smokers may find themselves smoking more and more to feel the same rush.
- Mental reliance: Due to the feel-good feelings caused by nicotine, smoking can be a form of stress relief. Smoking may also have become a part of one’s daily lifestyle, such as the habitual cigarette after a morning coffee.
- Social environment: Many smokers take their first puff because of their friends; many relationships (especially at work) may be cultivated over a quick smoke break. This makes it hard to break out of smoking, due to the social pressure around it.
How long does it take to quit smoking?
Don’t be too discouraged if you’ve tried to quit smoking before but did not succeed.
On average, it may take a person around 8 times before they’re able to quit smoking successfully. Research has shown that your first week is crucial. If you’re able to stay smoke-free in your first week of quitting, your chances of succeeding at stopping smoking increases by 9-times!
How can a virtual consultation help me to quit smoking?
Through a virtual consultation, our doctors will speak to you about your smoking habits and prescribe the appropriate products to support you. One such product would be Nicotine Replacement Therapy, which can help you to deal with the withdrawal symptoms that occur when you stop smoking.
What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy?
Cigarette cravings and your withdrawal symptoms can be quite hard to deal with when you first quit smoking. This is because your body isn’t used to the sudden decrease in nicotine.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) helps by supplying your body with small doses of nicotine, to reduce these withdrawal symptoms. As you progress along your quit smoking journey, you can reduce the dosage of nicotine in your NRT product, until your body no longer needs nor craves it.
Research has shown that NRT can increase your chances of stopping smoking by 50 – 60%.
*Code is valid for $16.40 video-consultation via the Doctor Anywhere app (and must be entered at checkout in app), for GP consultations related to smoking cessation only. Expires 31 March 2023.