If you have tried quitting but fallen off the wagon and started smoking again, you need not be disheartened. It is possible to get back on track with the help of a few simple practices:
If you have tried quitting in the past but have started smoking again, NRT still is the best choice to help you quit smoking for good. If you have tried NRT in the past, we suggest you restart the programme along with other practices that help you stay on track.
- Avoid triggers.
Remember, alcohol and tea/coffee are the biggest triggers for smoking. Avoid alcohol and replace tea and coffee with other things such as fruit juice or less caffeinated drinks.
- Toss away all reminders of smoking.
Once you have had your last cigarette, toss away all reminders of cigarettes such as ashtrays and lighters, wash any clothes that smell of smoke and clean your carpets. Use a room freshener to get rid of that familiar scent.
By doing physical activity, you will feel better and will have reduced stress levels and, at the same time, you will be fitter.
- Substitute for smoking a cigarette.
Substitute a cigarette with some other fruit juice or Nicotex gum. Use something else when you have an urge to smoke.
- Try managing stress.
One reason people smoke is that the nicotine helps them relax. Once you quit, if you need another way to cope up with stress, try exercise or yoga and meditation.
- Take emotional support from loved ones and behavioural therapy.
Tell your friends, family and peers that you are trying to quit. Their encouragement could make a difference. Behavioural therapy is a type of therapy that makes you understand and stick to quit smoking strategies. Combine NRT with behavioural therapy to boost your chances of success.