If I give in does that mean I have failed altogether? - A Guide to Stop Smoking

The answer to that is a resounding no. The vast majority of people who set out to stop smoking find that they give in, often on more than one occasion. But many of these still go on to quit smoking completely.

A good way of looking at this is to think of it like riding a bike: you may fall off a few times but you get back on and eventually succeed. And this is exactly the same with smoking.

You will give in to the temptation but as long as you recognise this and take steps to prevent it happening again then you will succeed.

You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t experience some ups and downs!

If you give in to the cravings and have a cigarette then don’t see this as an excuse to return to smoking; or think that you are a hopeless case and beyond help. If you are keeping a record of your attempts to stop smoking then make a note of this so that you will know what to do when the cravings strike again.

The best thing is to accept it, deal with it and move on.

It is difficult to stop smoking but numerous people manage to do so and you too can be one of those success stories. Just stick with it.

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