Not a puff
So what can you do to make it easier to stay smoke-free? We’ve discussed a lot of the methods on previous blog posts (see one at end of December that lists all of 2007 posts), and I’d be interested to hear directly from readers’ experiences. But in my experience, making sure you have gotten rid of all your tobacco, staying away from places where people are smoking, making use of available social support (whether friends, family or formal treatment services), and taking effective tobacco treatment medicines (e.g. NRT, Chantix or Zyban) are the main factors.
If you are starting to doubt your ability or resolve to stay quit, remember that that’s how the addiction works sometimes. It pops little questioning thoughts into your head (one won’t do any harm, perhaps I can just cut down instead of quitting, maybe this isn’t the best time for me to quit, maybe the stress will be worse for me than smoking, maybe the weight gain will be worse for my health than smoking…etc..etc). Almost always its best to see these for what they are: the addiction trying to get you to smoke again. If you can keep your focus on not putting another cigarette in your mouth, and never inhaling another puff of smoke, you will succeed.