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Suddenly, you've found yourself smoking again, after days or even months of being smoke-free. Perhaps you had a strong craving to smoke or were under stress or had a drink with friends. Perhaps you don't even remember lighting the cigarette. Maybe you thought you could have "just one." Most often, a lapse occurs when an ex-smoker is placed in a situation in which he or she would have smoked in the past, but lacks a plan to cope without a cigarette.
In any case, lapses happen. It may be one puff or it may be days of smoking. A lapse is simply a mistake, a slip. Lapse does not mean failure, and it does not mean you have to stop trying to be smoke-free. Millions of ex-smokers experienced lapses before they were finally able to maintain a smoke-free lifestyle. But a lapse will become a relapse if you give up and return to a smoking lifestyle.
Learn how to cope with the lapse so it doesn't become a relapse.
Stop what you
are doing. Stop smoking and throw all of your cigarettes away.
If you are kicking yourself for having a cigarette, stop. Take this opportunity to catch your breath, assess what happened and make a new plan.
Assess and learn:
you when you smoked?
By looking back on what happened, you can learn about the risks you faced. Use this opportunity to come up with a new coping strategy. How might you avoid this situation in the future? If you find yourself in this situation again, what would be an alternative way to deal with the urge to smoke?
Don't feel like a failure. Don't feel guilty about the lapse. Forgive yourself. Make this a learning experience. Make your renewed stop-smoking plan even better.
Get back on track:
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Updated August 2018