How to stop smoking

What if I start smoking again?

It’s OK to slip up. Don’t worry. You haven’t failed. It’s a small setback and it’s always worth continuing.

What if I have a cigarette?

  • If you do have a cigarette, stop again immediately. Throw away the rest of the pack.
  • Go for a walk, drink some water and take a deep breath.
  • Ask yourself if you really want to be a smoker again.

Think about what made you slip up.

  • Be positive and put it behind you.
  • Remember why you wanted to quit.
  • If the method you’re using isn’t working for you, try something else.
  • Remind yourself you are a non-smoker.

When the time is right, spend a bit longer planning. Think what really worked for you and what made you lapse. Decide how you’re going to keep on track this time.

Remember: the next time could be the last time you ever have to try.

You can do it!

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Last medically reviewed: February 2016. Due for review: February 2019

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