Time and time again, people quit smoking. They quit multiple times, over, and over, and over again . You have to learn to break the cycle.

When you first try to stop smoking, you should know that most of those who have made the same decision before you, statistically, had to make the attempt several times before they eventually conquered their smoking habit. The fact that many people try time and again to quit smoking is completely normal and should not in any way reflect on your decision to stop.

You can take solace in the fact that you are not alone and understand that quitting is not only a life-goal but also an immediate benefit to your life and health. Consider any failure only a temporary lapse, an unintended slip-up and start over again. Go back to Day One and begin again. The key is to not give up: don’t surrender to nicotine addiction. It’s too easy to convince yourself “that it is OK, that it doesn’t work, it’s impossible”, or some other excuse.

Change Your Lifestyle to Stop Smoking

In the event you do slip-up try to quit again, immediately. Don’t continue to smoke. There are many events in our lives that can trigger smoking. The new non-smoker has to be aware of these and be ready to deal with them. If you are out with friends having dinner and a few social drinks it’s very easy to revert to your previously comfortable cigarette habit and have a smoke. Realize what has happened. Stop smoking immediately. Reinforce your decision to quit by repeating your new mantra: I do not smoke, I am a non-smoker.

Falling off the nicotine wagon

Indeed this is common enough, acknowledge your lapse. Understand that for many people it is part of the process. You are not really a failure and quitting is as easy as foregoing the next cigarette. Take that phrase to heart, you can still get yourself back on track. “Quitting is as easy as foregoing the next cigarette.” This is important. Don’t view these temporary lapses as permission to take a break and have a smoke whenever you feel you “need one”. Following this path will only insure that you never quit smoking.

You can’t quit smoking for six days a week and convince yourself you have solved your problem. On the contrary, you should very much try and avoid even the most innocent of lapses: don’t get stuck on stupid thinking that “one drag” is okay.

Think of yourself as a non-smoker

If, however, you do have a lapse, don’t despair. You have to make sure it’s not thought of as a failure. You should still think of yourself as a non-smoker. To give up and decide that you’re going to smoke again after you slip-up is to deny one of the most fundamental realities about quitting smoking: it is a very difficult thing to do, and for most people takes multiple steps.