Quit Smoking Courses

Group therapy, in the form of a smoking cessation course has been shown to assist people to quit smoking.1 CCACT offers a range of smoking cessation courses that are conducted by a trained educator and are designed to help people understand why they smoke, to develop strategies to quit, and to stay quit for good. These courses can also be tailored to specific population groups, acknowledging the additional barriers that some sub-population groups face when trying to quit smoking.

Fresh Start Course

The Fresh Start Course comprises of eight one-hour sessions, held over an eight-week period. The course provides information, resources and support to participants about quitting smoking and staying quit.

The Fresh Start Course incorporates the information provided in the Quit Seminar, as well as utilising additional video and written materials to help smokers increase their understanding of the addiction of smoking and different quitting methods.

The course covers:

  • Smoking and quitting
  • Health effects of smoking
  • Health and cost benefits of quitting smoking
  • Increasing knowledge of different quitting methods and products available
  • Opportunity to develop an individualised quitting plan
  • Information about support services available

The Fresh Start Course also aims to:

  • reduce any fear and anxiety about quitting smoking and behaviour change
  • provide further information for participants to access a range of resources and support to stay quit

For more information view the Fresh Start Information Sheet.

There is also a Fresh Start Course specifically for young people. For more information view the Youth Quit Course Information Sheet.

Short Course

The Quit smoking Short Course covers the same content the Fresh Start Course does, in a slightly different matter, over a shorter period. It consists of two three-hour sessions combined with support from Quitline’s telephone call-back service. It is ideal for organisations, workplaces or community groups who are not able to commit to the full eight-session program.

For more information, view the Short Course Information Sheet.

Quit Smoking Seminar

Cancer Council ACT's Quit Smoking Seminar is a 60 minute (can be up to 90 minute) information session where participants can find out more about:

  • why they smoke
  • how to quit cold turkey or by cutting down
  • coping with possible withdrawal symptoms
  • quitting methods and products

The seminar is useful for anyone who wants information on smoking and quitting, especially:

  • smokers having difficulties coping with smoking restrictions
  • smokers thinking about quitting or cutting down
  • smokers wanting to find out how to quit and what to expect
  • smokers just wanting to know what’s available to help them quit

Quit courses and seminars can be conducted in workplaces, community or school settings.

For more information view the Quit Seminars Information Sheet.

To book a course or seminar, please complete and submit an online Quit Booking Form or call the Tobacco Action Officer on 02 6257 9999.

Individual Smoking Cessation Counselling

Individuals wanting to quit smoking who are unable to attend a course or seminar are able to access individual brief intervention counselling from a trained Quit Educator. Each session lasts from 45 to 60 minutes and provides intensive support for individuals to identify their smoking behaviours, habits and to develop targeted strategies to deal with potential triggers when quitting. Follow-up sessions can be arranged if required.

Individual sessions can be arranged to occur at Cancer Council ACT's office or at another mutually agreed location. To make an appointment for an individual smoking cessation counselling session, please contact the Tobacco Action Officer on 02 6257 9999.

For more information view the Individual Counselling Information Sheet.

Quitline 13 7848 (13 QUIT)

Quitline is a free, confidential telephone advice and information service. For the cost of a local call (except mobile phones), a specially trained advisor can help you to plan and develop strategies to quit smoking and stay quit.

You can speak to an advisor as many times as you wish, or use the Quitline call-back service. The call-back service involves agreeing on a convenient time for the Quitline advisors to call you, so they can provide you with support to quit smoking and stay quit.

With your consent, your GP or other health professional can also refer you to the Quitline and a Quitline advisor will call you at a time that suits you.


QuitCoach is a personalised, confidential and interactive quitting tool available online. The QuitCoach asks you questions and gives you ideas and suggestions based on your lifestyle and where you are at with your smoking or quitting.

It is a useful tool for people wanting some extra support with quitting, without having to make direct contact with a professional or course leader.

For information about other smoking cessation courses offered in the ACT, please call Quitline 13 7848.

1. Stead LF, Lancaster T. Group behaviour therapy programes for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 2.

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