Trying Again

What if I start smoking again?

I've tried to give up many times, but always fail - what else can I do?


What if I start smoking again?

If you do have a cigarette, you should stop again immediately.


Throw away the rest of the packet and take yourself out of the situation. Go for a walk, drink some water, or take a deep breath. Ask yourself if you really want to be a smoker again.


If you start again, don't worry. You haven't failed. You have improved your chance of success next time. It takes most people four or five attempts before they stop for good.

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I've tried to give up many times, but always fail - what else can I do?

If you've tried before and it didn't work out don't worry. You haven't failed; you have just given yourself more practice for the next time you quit.


Research has shown that the more attempts you have made in the past, the more likely you are to succeed in the future. This is because every time you are getting more experienced in how to quit.


Next time you quit spend a little longer planning. The preparation you do up front can make all the difference. The Stop Smoking Service can help you on the right path with working out what suits you.

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Please note, some of the content has been adapted from smokefree.nhs.uk


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