Are you ready to be smoke free?

These factsheets and booklet will help you understand what Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is and how it can help you to become smoke free:

Learn more about different types of NRT


Quitline is a free, professional phone service to help you become smoke free. If you prefer, you can also ask to speak to an Aboriginal counsellor.

Call Quitline on 137 848

You can also ask your doctor, nurse, midwife or other health professional for advice to become smoke free.

Helping U 2 Quit Service (Northern NSW LHD)

Helping U 2 Quit is a free service that offers face to face support or phone couselling to help you become smoke free.  You can be referred to the free Helping U 2 Quit service by:

      *  a Northern NSW Local Health District doctor, nurse or allied health professional if you are a patient of the Northern NSW Local Health District

      *  your GP if you live within the Northern NSW Local Health District footprint 

Phone 07 5506 7010 for more information.  Health professionals can find the Helping U 2 Quit referral form on our Referrals for prevention programs page.

Time since quitting / How your health benefits

20 minutes

Your heart rate decreases

12-24 hours

The level of carbon monoxide in your expired air has decreased dramatically

2-12 weeks

Your risk of heart attack begins to reduce, your lung function improves making exercise easier

1-9 months

Coughing and shortness of breath decrease

1 year

Your risk of coronary heart disease is halved

5 years

Your risk of mouth, throat and oesophageal cancer and stroke decreases

10 years

Your risk of lung cancer is halved and your risk of bladder, kidney and pancreatic cancer decreases

15 years

Your risk of coronary heart disease and risk of death decrease to about the same as someone who has never smoked


Reference: NSW Ministry of Health, Tobacco Cessation, Benefits of quitting smoking fact sheet

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