Be Smoke Free in 2016

Did you make a resolution to quit smoking (again)? Don’t give up, ever! Smokefree.gov has a plethora of resources to help you along the way. If you have slipped up, here are some tips to get you back on track so you can have a Smoke Free 2016!

Here’s what you can do if you slip according to smokefree.gov

  • Understand that you’ve had a slip. You’ve had a small setback. This doesn’t make you a smoker again.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself. One slip up doesn’t make you a failure. It doesn’t mean you can’t quit for good.
  • Don’t be too easy on yourself either. If you slip up‚ don’t say‚ “Well‚ I’ve blown it. I might as well smoke the rest of this pack”. It’s important to get back on the non-smoking track right away. Remember‚ your goal is no cigarettes—not even one puff.
  • Feel good about all the time you went without smoking. Try to learn how to make your coping skills better.
  • Identify the trigger. Exactly what was it that made you smoke? Be aware of that trigger. Decide now how you will cope with it when it comes up again.
  • Learn from your experience. What has helped you the most to keep from smoking? Make sure to do that on your next try.
  • Are you using a medication to help you quit? Don’t stop using your medication after only one or two cigarettes. Stay with it. It will help you get back on track.
  • Know and use the tips on Smokefree.gov. People with even one coping skill are more likely to stay non-smokers than those who don’t know any.
  • See your doctor or another health professional. He or she can help motivate you to quit smoking.
  • Ask for the support you need from friends, family members, co-workers, etc. that you need to stay quit. You don’t have to do this alone!

Quitting is tough, but the more you plan, the better your chances for success. Becoming more active and eating healthier can also increase your chances to successfully quit smoking.

Visit http://smokefree.gov/build-your-quit-plan to set up your quit date and to find other tools to keep you on track.

Share your success and get support on social media with #smokefree2016.