It's common for people to use tobacco once in a while after quitting. Here are some ideas for getting back on track.
- Don't think of a slip-up as a sign of failure.
It's common to have a few slip-ups. Most people who quit tobacco try many times before they quit for good. Don't give up.
- Figure out why you slipped.
Plan what you'll do the next time you're in that situation.
- Get support.
Ask loved ones for help. Try a support group, a quit-tobacco app, or a quitline that provides counseling.
- Don't use tobacco at all, and make it hard to use.
Avoid places where you can easily get tobacco. Don't buy any. If you're tempted to use tobacco, wait for the urge to pass.
- Remember past successes.
Try to learn from past situations when you resisted temptation.
- Think about using a new treatment.
If you're not using medicine or nicotine replacement, think about trying it. Consider starting a quit-tobacco program or talking to a counselor trained to help people quit.
Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Andrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral Health