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A slip is when a smoker who has quit smokes one or two cigarettes. A relapse is when a smoker who has quit returns to regular smoking. It is hard to quit smoking. The
temptation can be very strong. Here you will find strategies to help you avoid slips as well as a relapse. You will also find tips for deciding how soon you will want to try again. This information also applies if you use smokeless
tobacco products, such as chew or snuff.
Certain situations may tempt you to smoke. These are called
triggers. Learn to recognize when you might slip, and
plan ahead to cope with those situations. Think about when you slipped in the
past. You may be more tempted to smoke when you:
Are there other situations that make you want to light up a
Here are some things that may help:
Avoiding a slip is best. But if you do slip, it's important to respond to
it carefully so you don't start smoking regularly again. Here are some ideas
that may help you get back on track:
If you are taking medicine or using nicotine replacement, keep doing so unless you go back to regular smoking. It can help you get back on track.
August 15, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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