Learn From Previous Quit Attempts

Tried to Quit Before? Don’t Give Up!

Perhaps you’ve tried to quit smoking before, but it didn’t quite go to plan. You may have even ‘quit’ a few times. If so, you might be wondering how you’ll manage to succeed in your latest attempt.

Don’t worry. Quitting smoking takes effort – but it also takes practice. And it’s normal for smokers to try to quit several times before they quit for good.

Think of it like learning to ride a bike. On your first few attempts, you can expect to fall off and you’ll probably pick up a few grazes along the way. But this doesn’t stop you from practicing until you can ride successfully on your own.

Just like learning to ride a bike, you shouldn’t give up if you ‘fall off’ on your first go.


Keep Going Until You’re Smoke-Free

Like learning a new skill, giving up smoking takes practice and persistence – but if you just keep going, you’ll get there in the end.

That’s why the more attempts you make to quit smoking, the more likely it is that you’ll be successful.

Just remember that every step you take on your quit smoking journey is a step towards being smoke-free for good.


Using Your Previous Quit Attempts

Did you know that your previous quit smoking attempts can help you, even though they didn’t work out? By looking back at these experiences, you can begin to learn what circumstances lead you back to smoking.

It’s all part of learning to become a non-smoker. And most smokers will agree that breaking the ‘habit’ – which is part of smoking dependence – is a major factor in becoming a non-smoker.

Above all, remember that you’re making progress every day you remain on your quit smoking journey.

Note down these common smoking triggers so you'll be ready for them

Think

Consider your last quit smoking attempt:
What were the circumstances leading to the craving that resulted in your first slip-up?
What was running through your mind? E.g. “I’ve had a rough day and need a smoke”.
Where were you and what were you doing? E.g. “I was at lunch and a friend offered me one”.
Could the above happen on your next attempt? What could you say or do to manage the situation differently?
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