Tips for Staying Tobacco-Free

Decide that you WANT to stay tobacco-free!

  1. Go over your reasons for wanting to quit.
  2. Get rid of lighters, ashtrays, matches and cigarettes.
  3. Identify relapse triggers and work on solutions to keep from returning to smoking.
  4. Review what did and didn't work during previous quit attempts. Apply what you have learned to quitting this time.
  5. Get busy and do something else, ANYTHING but smoke.

BELIEVE that you CAN stop!

  1. Tell your family and friends you're going to stop so they can support you.
  2. Save the money you would have spent buying tobacco. It adds up!
  3. If you slip up, start over again... Don't give up!

Seeing a person in your home light a cigarette can trigger the desire to smoke. Plan ahead and ask...

  • for support from the smokers in your home.
  • them to respect your decision to stop smoking.
  • them to stop smoking around you.
  • that they limit their smoking to the outside.

Be Prepared for Social Situations and Holidays

Tips to help you stay a nonsmoker in social settings and during the holidays.
  • Remember - your reasons for being smoke-free are valid.
  • Picture yourself not smoking at the event before you go.
  • Practice what to say if offered a cigarette. “No, thanks, I quit smoking”.
  • Avoid alcohol. It can affect your judgment.
  • Keep busy, do enjoyable activities, talk with someone.

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