Already Quit? 4 Tips for Staying Smokefree

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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A common mistake smokers often make is to think that the job is done after a week or two when most withdrawal feelings typically end. Do not be over confident. As time goes by, you may begin to have thoughts of smoking and to think how nice it would be to have just one cigarette.

Here are some things you can do to help you stay smokefree:

  1. Keep your guard up
    Your body has changed since you began to smoke. Your brain has learned to crave nicotine. So certain places, people, or events can trigger a strong urge to smoke, even years after quitting. That's why you should never take a puff again, no matter how long it has been since you quit.

    At first, you may not be able to do things as well as when you were smoking. Don't worry. This won't last long. Your mind and body just need to get used to being without nicotine.

  2. Fight the urges
    The urge to smoke often hits at the same times. For many people, the hardest place to resist the urge is at home. And many urges hit when someone else is smoking nearby. Look at your Craving Journal (PDF) Exit _disclaimerto see when you might be tempted. Then use the skills you've learned to get through your urges without smoking.

  3. Stay positive
    As you go through the first days and weeks without smoking, keep a positive outlook. Don't blame or punish yourself if you do have a cigarette. Don't think of smoking as "all or none." Instead, take it one day at a time. Remember that quitting is a learning process.

  4. Reward yourself for being smokefree
    Think about starting a "ciggy-bank" if you haven't already. Put your cigarette money aside for each day you don't smoke. Soon you'll have enough money to buy a reward for yourself. Use our savings calculator to find out just how much!

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