Preventing a Relapse

Lots of people slip up when they're trying to go tobacco-free. But it doesn't mean you should give up and stop trying to quit entirely. Get up, brush yourself off and get back in the game. Of course, while you're doing that, it helps to understand why you slipped up in the first place. Were you stressed out? Having a drink? Did someone offer you a cigarette? Think back to what happened and make a plan for getting past it next time. And remember...

If you don't want to slip up, stay away from slippery situations.

Slippery Situations

So what exactly is a slippery situation? Well, it's anything that can really tempt you to reach for a cigarette. People, places, things—even feelings—can all be slippery. So in your first few weeks of quitting, steer clear of these high-risk situations until you know you can handle them. And if something's impossible to avoid—like family members or friends who smoke—plan ahead so they don't trip you up.

Here are some examples of what we're talking about.

Warning Signs

Right before you slip up, you'll usually get a warning signal—an inner voice making excuses. So when you hear that inner voice persuading you to light up, get out of wherever you are. Take a walk, go home, or just do anything else to get your mind thinking differently.

Hearing thoughts like these is a warning signal that you're on the verge of returning to smoking. When you hear yourself thinking like this, wherever you are, change the situation.

Next, check out these quitting tips and techniques.