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How to Avoid Smoking Relapse


Smoking relapse is a term wherein an ex-smoker after quitting for a period of time, let’s say several months or several years, once again succumbs to the addiction of nicotine and becomes again a smoker. So what really causes this smoking relapse or slipping thing? Many studies have been made and the corresponding results and recommendations have not helped much. But if we try to look at the perspective of those who have successfully quit smoking for good; study how they quit smoking permanently, study their lifestyle and learn what are the ways that they do confronted with the factors that lead to slipping, we may be able to pull out some answers or methods in order to eliminate if not then to minimize at least to a certain degree the chances of having a smoking relapse. There are many factors why an ex-smoker falls again into this sinister trap and so let’s discuss the major players or factors which drag the ex-smoker back into his addiction with nicotine.

Everyone is Tempted to Smoke

Before anything else, when an ex-smoker has a smoking relapse or when he slips, he doesn’t have to blame anything about it to anyone nor feel bad about falling again into smoking. It must be accepted that everyone (no exemptions) are tempted to smoke. Advertisements and promotions created by tobacco companies and manufacturers of related tobacco products are all targeting anyone susceptible to nicotine addiction. People who have quit smoking permanently must know this so they can always prepare themselves for these kinds of temptations. Non-smokers and ex-smokers alike should always stay alert to recognize and refute these kinds of bait.

Now the ex-smoker is more vulnerable into falling again into this sinister trap most especially if the brainwashing caused by smoking has not been corrected, removed or replaced with the truth that smoking is no more than a filthy addiction. So if you have quit smoking successfully, always stay alert, don’t fall for the temptation laid in front of you, keep on reminding yourself that smoking has only given you a life of misery. Once you quit do all that you can to quit smoking for good.

The Fallacy that Smoking Feels Good

Nicotine is the drug that causes the feeling of being relaxed yet stimulated. Based on scientific studies, it increases the levels of endorphins which give you the feeling of being high which can be compared what runners’ experience after running or what they call runner’s high. It also affects dopamine, a neurotransmitter found in the brain that has the function of controlling the central nervous system, that causes the feeling of pleasure and lastly it stimulates the adrenal glands giving the smoker an adrenaline rush thus stimulating his body increasing heart beat and blood pressure.

Because of this fallacy, many smokers will give up health, money and social respect just to acquire those kinds of false feelings thus making quitting smoking difficult. This is also the reason why relapse is most common. The ex-smoker has not yet corrected the brainwashing that those feelings are all but temporary, artificial and unreal. And if the ex-smoker has not yet let go of those false emotions then he is no better than a heroin addict.

I have discussed in my previous articles on how to correct or remove this brainwashing or false beliefs. You may want to bookmark this page read them before continuing or you can get back to them as soon as you’re finished reading these articles.

In order to quit smoking for good and permanently, you have to accept the false beliefs that you were made to believe as wrong, fallacious and false. If you have already quit, forget about the “good (false) feelings” and if you really want to feel the real happiness, forget about smoking, do some exercise, meditate and live a normal and healthy life don’t slip and fall for a smoking relapse.

The Good Days and the Bad days – Stress

This is another common factor why smokers have smoking relapses – STRESS. A death in the family, a heated argument, divorce, unemployment or even a flat tire may tempt an ex-smoker to light a cigarette. Now before we go any further, before you started smoking, stress is already present in our life. Before we became nicotine addicts, we were able to cope stress easily through other means. Lastly our body was designed to withstand stress, am I right? Ex-smokers who have quit smoking for good successfully will never resort to nicotine in order to relieve stress.

If you want to avoid smoking relapse, you should accept that stress is present within the life of a non-smoker and within the life of a smoker. If a non-smoker has good days and bad days, pretty sure a smoker also has good days and bad days in his life. If smoking can relieve stress then the life of a smoker should be stress-free but unfortunately it is not. The life of a smoker has more stress than the life of a non-smoker. The smoker is concerned about so many things not to be ignored his health, finances and of course his precious cigarettes included.

Just One Cigarette Temptation

You have quit smoking for good for several weeks, months or years now. Curiosity has struck you and you are wondering what would happen if you tried to light just one cigarette. Or maybe you are offered by a friend, acquaintance, drinking buddy, relative or someone who is smoking, to, well just to try and light one cigarette. So you did and light one, you will never feel the feeling of pleasure at first, rather you will feel dizzy, give you a slight headache, and smell very bad. You are being warned, but instead of heeding you say, “oh well, I’m already an ex-smoker, I won’t be affected anymore, why not try a second one…” and the rest is history – a smoking relapse.

I’m pretty sure you can relate to the story above. Like I mentioned at the start if ever you have successfully quit smoking, you can now consider yourself a non-smoker alongside those who have never smoked before. “Just one cigarette” temptation does not only apply to ex-smokers but to non-smokers as well. If non-smokers are tempted and so are you. Quitting smoking does and will not excuse or protect you from anything especially from smoking relapse. Like a non-smoker you have to fight these kinds of temptations.

Although being an ex-smoker offers a lot advantages over non-smokers because you have already passed a life of misery and slavery. You have developed certain positive attitudes that a non-smoker doesn’t have. If you don’t have the proper mindset yet, please do so, there are no positive benefits about smoking only negative ones. Try to remove the false belief if you still mop for a cigarette; living the life of a non-smoker is where you could find real happiness. Don’t waste all your efforts, once you have quit smoking for good, avoid the smoking relapse, strive your best to be an ex-smoker or should I say a non-smoker!

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  1. I quit smoking on December 21, 2010 and made it to 3 months. I used the entire patch program and it worked, but once off the 3rd step of the patch the cravings came! I made it about a week in after the last patch came off, and took 3 drags off someones cigarette. Felt like crap about it. I never bought another pack, and never asked for another drag! I went to the store and bought the 3rd step of the patch again and so far no cravings. I may have to stay on this patch a little longer than normal but I rather spend the money on the patch then go through becoming a smoker again. By the way I quit after 23 years of smoking.

  2. I am am a recovering tobacco chewer. I had quit for three months and was happy and proud thinking I would never do it again. About two weeks ago I was at a hockey game and the guy next to me was chewing and I could not resist and proceeded to ask him for a chew. On the way home I bought a can and was back on it like that. I am now on my first day of recovery again and it is starting all over again. The pain, the anxiety, the guilt, The headaches, the restlessness. All that is back again and I have to fight through it again for that first week. The new mindset and the new attitudes that I had developed gone in an instant from just trying that one more. Trust me if you have gone several months and still wonder what would happen. I got news for you it has not changed and is not any better, all it is is enslaving you again. Think about all the progress and don’t do it again. Now I am facing the prospect of having to do this all over again, not fun and am worried I won’t make it now.

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