Tips for Slips

Many smokers slip and smoke a cigarette while they’re quitting smoking. You’re not alone. Don’t use a slip as an excuse to start smoking again.

If you slip, you might try these ways to get back on track:
  • Slips are common so don’t be too hard on yourself. A slip doesn’t make you a failure. It doesn’t mean you can’t quit for good.
  • It’s important to restart quitting right away─today or tomorrow at the latest. Don’t give up on your goal of no cigarettes at all.
Ditching your quit because of a slip is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat.
  • Feel proud of the time you went without smoking. Think about ways you avoided your triggers and beat cravings. Try to use those ways to cope again.  
  • Use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). You don’t need to stop using NRT after you slip and smoke one or two cigarettes. Using NRT increases your chances of staying smokefree for good.  
  • Get support. If you slip, talk to family or friends. Ask them for help to stay smokefree. You don’t have to do it alone. 
  • Think about what you learned when you were not smoking. What helped you to stay smokefree and what caused you to have a slip? What can you do differently now to help yourself be smokefree again?

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