Relapse Prevention Tips

For a smoker, reaching for a cigarette can be an automatic response to a feeling. To quit successfully, it is important to learn healthy strategies to take charge of the way you deal with stress and triggers.


Use these tips, strategies and worksheets to help you quit and stay smoke-free:
  • Identify and cope with triggers! (PDF) Identify your triggers and specific ways you will cope. Print out this list to help you in a time of need.
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  • Feeling stressed out (PDF)? Smokers often reach for a cigarette when feeling stressed. To quit smoking successfully, it is important to learn healthy strategies to deal with stressors and to understand that quitting smoking takes time and patience.
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  • Don’t give up! (PDF) Relapse is common. In fact, four out of five smokers who try to quit relapse within six months. Just because quitting is hard, and slips happen, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Most NYC smokers have quit, and you can too! It’s never too late. If you relapse, get back on track with these suggestions.
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  • Get moving (PDF) and eat well. Healthy eating and active living helps you deal with stress, minimize weight gain and increases confidence while quitting smoking. Check out our Eat Healthy, Be Active NYC Facebook page for healthy snack ideas and ways to stay active even when you're busy.
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  • Relaxation techniques (PDF) can help you quit smoking! These techniques can be used when you are experiencing a craving or as part of your daily routine to help avoid cravings.
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  • Develop a new hobby (PDF). Activities and interests that you find meaningful can protect you from relapse. It’s important to be involved in things that you enjoy and make you feel needed. Here is a list of some ideas.
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  • Music (PDF), whether creating it, singing, listening or moving to it – can help you deal with your feelings, successfully quit, and avoid relapse. One of the hardest parts of quitting smoking is reacting differently to emotions that make you feel like smoking. Identifying these feelings and moods, and how to deal with them with music, is one way to help you successfully quit.
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  • List your favorite songs (PDF) or artists and how they make you feel. Match these songs or artists on your triggers and mood worksheet. The next time you face a certain trigger or mood you can listen to a song instead of smoking.
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