If you slip or smoke a little, don't give up. Talk to someone who has quit smoking, or to a counselor, to get ideas of what to do. A slip can quickly turn into regular smoking, so it's important to do something different soon. If you are taking medicine or using nicotine replacement, keep doing so unless you go back to regular smoking. And consider adding a new treatment, like one-on-one counseling.
You're not alone in going back
to smoking. Most people who quit try many times before they quit for
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Don't feel bad about yourself. A
relapse is just a sign that you need to try a different approach to quitting
smoking. If you tried to quit without medicines or a program, think about
trying them next time. Medicines and nicotine replacement (gum, patches,
lozenges) can double your chances of success.1 And using medicines and counseling is even more effective.
Think about what made you start smoking again.
Maybe you couldn't handle the cravings. Or maybe you didn't have enough support
from family or friends. Maybe something stressful happened that triggered the
urge to smoke, and then you couldn't stop.