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Quitting smoking

Just quit? Mange your moods

For some, smoking is used as an avenue to relieve negative moods, to relax and reduce emotional distress. While smoking may appear to provide these psychological benefits, it is also associated with increased levels of stress and depression.

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Strategies for quitting smoking

Most Australians who take up smoking regret it and make at least one attempt to quit in their lifetime. Quitting smoking has a very high relapse rate and therefore while many people are able to quit, maintaining a smoke-free lifestyle is a challenge. The most effective quit regimes combine pharmacotherapy with some form of psychological intervention.  more »

How smoking affects skin health

The precise ways in which tobacco smoke damages or changes skin are not fully understood, though scientific studies have produced evidence about a number of possible ways. Studies suggest that tobacco smoke exposure decreases capillary and arteriolar blood flow, possibly damaging connective tissues that help maintain healthy skin. more »

Factors affecting quitting smoking

Quitting smoking can be very daunting, and people thinking of quitting go through several stages of contemplation before they are ready to face the associated physical and psychological challenges. The factors associated with the decision to quit, and the difficulty of continuing to not smoke, depend upon your personal situation, experience, personality and support network. more »

Cognitive-behavioural therapy

Cognitive-behavioural therapy(CBT) is a promising psychological intervention for people who want to quit smoking because changing and restructuring thought processes, combined with new learning behaviours, is essential for people who want to effectively quit smoking and maintain cessation. more »


Approaches to quitting