David Forrest has tried several times to quit smoking but can’t last more than six months.
David Forrest has tried several times to quit smoking but can’t last more than six months. Emily Blatchford

Quitting can go up in smoke

IT'S toxic, it's lethal, and most people who do it wish they never started.

Problem is, it's so darn addictive.

With the start of the new year, smokers everywhere have made the resolution to quit the habit.

This time, they'll do it. This time, they'll kick nicotine for good.

Dr Pejman Amini from Calliope Medical Centre said quitting smoking was indeed an extremely difficult thing to do, but strongly advised all smokers to try to shake the addiction in the new year.

"Of course, I would urge anyone who does smoke to try and quit as soon as possible," he said.

"Visit your local general practitioner for advice and options, or call the Quit Help-line.

"People who seek professional help are generally more successful."

The longer someone has smoked, the harder it is for them to give it up, Dr Amini said.

Dr Amini said the decision to quit smoking must be made by the person quitting and not anybody else and they had to be absolutely sure they wanted to quit.

"People who decide to quit need to do it for their own sake.

"It needs to be a personal goal, not something to achieve for somebody else."

For more information and support call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or contact Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 7848).


After quitting:

  • In 12 hours almost all nicotine has been metabolised
  • In 24 hours blood levels of carbon monoxide drop dramatically
  • In five days taste and smell improve
  • In three months overall lung function improves

Sourced from Cancer Council Queensland

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