Help for people in quarantine and self-isolation who smoke

If you have to be in quarantine for COVID-19 in Tasmania, you can get free nicotine replacement therapy to help you with nicotine withdrawal.

This is for people in quarantine at home and in accommodation provided by the Tasmanian Government or who are self-isolating due to illness or an underlying health condition.

Nicotine replacement therapy and support is available to you for up to 12 weeks.

To register, call Quitline on 13 7848 or visit the Quit Tasmania website and arrange for a professional Quitline counsellor to call you.

The Quitline can take calls from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

For more information on managing nicotine addiction and withdrawal visit the Quit Tasmania website.

What happens when I contact the Quitline?

A Quitline counsellor will ask your name, age and where you are staying in quarantine. They will also ask about your smoking to help work out the best way to help you.

They will offer you a mix of nicotine patches and either gum, lozenges or an inhalator.

Quitline will arrange for the products to get to you as quickly as possible. For some places, delivery may take a day or two.

Can I smoke while I’m in quarantine?

If you are in accommodation provided by the Tasmanian Government, smoking is not permitted in hotel rooms. This means you cannot smoke tobacco or use electronic cigarettes in your room.

If you are in quarantine in a private home, try to smoke as little as possible and do not smoke inside – especially if there are children or pregnant women around you.

Am I at risk of COVID-19?

Smoking damages your lungs so they don’t work as well.

Stopping smoking will improve your lung function within a few months. This will reduce your likelihood of severe lung complications if you do get COVID-19.

Stopping smoking has many benefits.

Now is a good time to stop smoking.