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.
Current as of: March 3, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine