Re-examine your personal smoking triggers. What was happening right before your slip. What could you do differently next time? If you are caught off-guard with an urge, especially if others are smoking, excuse yourself for a few minutes and reaffirm your quit. Login to QuitNet, or call a quit-buddy. If you feel you are on shaky ground, don't be afraid to leave the situation. If your friends encourage you to smoke or offer you a cigarette, be ready to state, "No thank you, I no longer smoke." Don't risk your new smoke-free life by giving in to temptation. By reaffirming your quit up front, you're more likely to stay quit.
Articles in this section
- What's the difference between a slip and a relapse?
- If I keep slipping, where can I get more help?
- Should I stop my quit med if I slip and smoke a cigarette?
- If I relapse, will quitting be even harder next time?
- If I tried a quit-med and relapsed, should I try it again?
- What are the best defenses against relapse?
- How can I prevent a slip next time?
- Do I always need to guard against relapse?
- Should I change my quit date and start over if I slip?