iSCUPI is a free, personalised treatment option for those who wish to give up smoking. People who enrol in the study receive one-to-one counselling via videoconferencing, a personalised treatment video and expert-led techniques proven to help people quit.
Matthew said a video produced by the program which showed the impact his smoking had and could have on his family was a real eye-opener.
“The program has a video that include the known effects from smoking and interplays this with your immediate family,” he said.
“While maybe you think you acknowledge these effects and the impact on the family, the video really rammed this home and reinforced the need to give up.”
Robin May, the psychologist who co-ordinates the study, said Matthew was just one of a number of people who had gone through the program.
“It’s very gratifying seeing Matt and other former smokers still not smoking,” he said.
“Smoking is still the biggest killer of preventable diseases. Pleasingly, our SCUPI trial published in 2019 had a success rate of 65 per cent after six months of quitting.”
While the journey to quit was tough, Bonnet Bay local Matthew has certainly been enjoying the benefits of a smoke-free life.
“My sense of smell is back and food tastes better; the smokers cough that I always had is gone and I am fitter now than I have been in the last 20 years,” he said.
“That meant around 12 months ago, my sons and I could complete the Kokoda trek, something that had I still smoked, I could not have even contemplated.”
Participants are currently being sought for the next round of the SCUPI study.
If you smoke daily, are over 30 years old and want to quit, please visit www.SCUPI.com.au, email [email protected] or call (02) 9463 2517 for more information.