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Dealing With Smoking Relapse

17th Oct 2015

There is nothing more disheartening than managing to give up smoking, only to find yourself back on the cigarettes, six months down the line. For this reason, many smokers are reluctant to even try giving up smoking. It is true that many smokers have tried to quit unsuccessfully, or worse, given up then gone back to smoking again.

If you have had a smoking relapse, the first golden rule is: Don’t Despair! You’ve successfully managed once; so you can do it again. Remember the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed…” Here is a guide to the main causes of smoking relapse and what you can do to successfully deal with them.


One of the main reasons that smokers relapse is that they can’t cope with their nicotine cravings. Asa smoker, your body will have built up a resistance to nicotine. When you quit smoking the initial symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can be fairly distressing. Symptoms can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Increased appetite
  • Trouble sleeping

  • Triggers

    Both your body and mental state can be influenced by certain triggers that will tempt you to smoke again. These include:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol and coffee
  • A night out with friends who smoke
  • Straight after a meal

  • You should take steps to eliminate triggers as much as possible. That doesn’t mean giving up your chardonnay or cappuccino or avoiding social situations. But be aware of your triggers so that you are prepared to deal with them without turning to the cigarettes.

    • Reduce stress by taking a warm bath and practising relaxation techniques such as yoga. These will also help you to sleep better.
    • Avoid or cut down on your alcohol consumption, especially on a night out with friends who smoke.
    • Instead of reaching for the fridge, drink plenty of water. Water will hydrate your body, help flush out the toxin build-up of smoking and suppress your appetite.
    • Exercise will make you feel physically and mentally stronger, it will help flush away toxins and will calm your stress levels.

    E Cigarettes

    If a relapse has weakened your resolve, then consider a non-smoking alternative such as e cigarettes and vaping. E cigarettes give you the satisfaction of smoking without the health risks associated with smoking related diseases. You can control the nicotine levels of your eliquids and calm your nicotine cravings gradually.

    GoSmokeFree offer a range of e cigarette starter kits and over 400 different flavoured vape liquids. Visit our website today for more information. 

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