29 May, 2020 Last updated: 11 Mar, 2021

Now could be the perfect time to quit smoking, and help is available

Author: VicHealth, a Victorian Government Agency that works with experts, evidence and research in health promotion.

Any coronavirus information mentioned is accurate at the time this article was first published (29 May 2020). For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus restrictions, please visit the source: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

This Sunday 31 May is World No Tobacco Day, a day that shines a light on the harmful business practices of tobacco companies, and supports people to claim their right to enjoy the health benefits of quitting smoking.

And there’s good news for those thinking about quitting in 2020: physical distancing could help.


Physical distancing can help smokers take advantage of life without common triggers like after-work drinks, or a Sunday session at the pub


Quit launched a new 'Quit Tips Hub’ earlier this month to provide this important support.

“Now is a great time to think about how to make physical distancing work for you,” said Quit Director Sarah White.

Whether you’re just starting to think about quitting smoking, feeling ready to quit, or you’ve recently quit and need further support, the Quit Tips Hub has something for you.


How the Quit Tips Hub can support you to make a quit attempt

The Quit Tips Hub acknowledges that physical distancing can increase people’s feelings of worry, stress and anxiety. But also notes that it’s possible to make physical distancing work for you.

People who want to quit can begin creating new routines, taking the first step towards a life without smokes.

The Quit Tips Hub includes information and resources that can help you make a quit attempt, including:

  • Identifying and managing your triggers
  • Tips to help you relax and distract yourself when the cravings hit
  • Advice on Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
  • Stories from people who have quit for good.

If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, visit the Quit Tips Hub or call the Quitline on 13 78 48 for immediate support.

Quitline support service 137848


Have a coronavirus question?

For all coronavirus questions visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hotline on 1800 020 080.

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