If you slip and smoke,
don't be discouraged. Many former smokers tried to stop several
times before they finally succeeded. Here's what you should do:
- Recognize that you
have had a slip. A slip means that you have had a small setback
and smoked a cigarette or two. But your first cigarette did
not make you a smoker to start with, and a small setback does
not make you a smoker again.
- Don't be too hard on
yourself. One slip doesn't mean you're a failure or that you
can't be a nonsmoker, but it is important to get yourself back
on the nonsmoking track immediately.
- Identify the trigger:
Exactly what was it that prompted you to smoke? Be aware of
the trigger and decide now how you will cope with it when it
comes up again.
- Know and use the coping
skills described above. People who know at least one coping
skill are more likely to remain nonsmokers than those who do
not know any.
- Sign a contract with
yourself to remain a nonsmoker.
- If you think you need
professional help, see your healthcare provider. He or she can
provide extra motivation for you to stop smoking. Your healthcare
provider may also prescribe nicotine gum or a nicotine patch
as an alternative source of nicotine while you break the habit