Recommitting to Staying Smoke-Free

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It's common for people to smoke a cigarette or two, once in a while, after quitting. Here are some ideas for getting back on track.

  • Figure out why you slipped.

    Plan what you'll do the next time you're in that situation.

  • Don't think of a slip-up as a sign of failure.

    It's common to have a few slip-ups. Don't give up. You're not a smoker just because you slip up a few times.

  • Get support.

    Ask loved ones for help. Try a support group, a quit-smoking app, or a quitline that provides counseling over the phone.

  • Don't smoke at all, and make it hard to smoke.

    Avoid places where you can easily ask for a cigarette. Don't buy a pack. If you're tempted to smoke, make yourself wait 2 hours.

  • Remember past successes.

    Try to learn from past situations when you resisted temptation.

  • Think about using a new treatment.

    If you're not using medicine or nicotine replacement, think about trying it. Consider starting a quit-smoking program or talking to a counselor trained to help people quit.

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Current as of: March 3, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine




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