So you've started smoking again.
You might be feeling angry, disappointed or embarrassed, but don’t let it keep you down. Most people make multiple attempts before quitting for good!
Any amount of time you were able to stop smoking gave your body a chance to repair.
Before you make your next quit attempt, figure out what caused you to smoke again.
Here are some common reasons people go back to smoking:
- Offered a cigarette from friends or family
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Old habits
Have a think about your situation.
What were the circumstances that led to your smoking relapse, and what strategy could help you in this kind of situation next time?
Are you losing motivation and confidence?
Remind yourself of the reasons you want to quit. If it’s money, start tracking your savings. If it’s family, carry a photo of them with you, or ask them to record a motivational message for you. Read up on some common concerns before your next quit attempt.
If you were using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or a prescription-only stop smoking medication, did you use the product correctly?
All NRT and other stop smoking medications need to be used as directed to gain the most benefit. Chat to your GP or pharmacist if you are unsure, and have another look at our Stop Smoking Medications Guide.
When you feel ready, update your quit smoking plan based on your experience and with the new strategies you have to stay on track. Never give up giving up!