Quitting smoking, vaping or other tobacco is like learning a new skill—like playing basketball or driving a car. The most important thing to do is practice—because every time you try to quit, you learn something new. That’s why every try counts. Make sure that you give yourself credit for all the work you are doing to quit. Don’t forget, if you need a little more help to stay quit, 802Quits offers customized help by phone (1-800-QUIT-NOW), in-person and online.
Sometimes, even though the goal is to quit completely, you may slip. All a slip means is that you need a little more practice handling some particular situation. The key is to get right back on track and not let the slip get in your way. It’s natural to feel down or have some negative thoughts about a cigarette craving or slip. Be prepared for this, and don’t let negative feelings cause you to return to smoking, vaping or other tobacco.
Remember: A slip is just a slip. It doesn’t mean you’re a smoker, vaper or tobacco user again. Staying tobacco-free can often be difficult. Follow these steps to help you remain quit. If you do have a relapse, remember, many people slip! Think of how far you’ve come on this journey to a tobacco-free life that will give you more freedom to enjoy other things. Just get “back on track.”
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