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Step 3: After You've Quit

  • One To Three Months After Quitting

    If you’ve made it this far (even with a slip-up or two), congratulations — this is graduation time! By the end of the first month, most of the hardship involved in quitting is gone and the risk of relapse is getting lower, week by week.

    Posted 10.28.13

  • Two Weeks After Quitting

    The two-week milestone is an important one for many ex-smokers. The main physical symptoms are gone, and you’ve gotten through many tempting situations (or, if you did slip up, you learned how to avoid that trap in the future).

    Posted 10.28.13

  • Did Your Plans For Dealing With Difficult Situations Work As Well As You'd Hoped?

    Think of new solutions to replace the ones that didn’t work as well as you had hoped, or add new situations as they come up.

    Posted 10.28.13

  • Some Tips On Weight Control

    Do not go on a diet that requires special foods or drinks. These are hard to stick to, especially when they’re combined with the stress of quitting smoking. They often leave you feeling deprived, and you may not be strong enough for that yet.

    Posted 10.28.13

  • If You Slip Up

    If you slip up and have a cigarette or two, look at it as a learning experience You are still an exsmoker Don’t dwell on the situation, but ask yourself why it happened and do things differently next time.

    Posted 10.28.13

  • The Four Main Danger Zones

    After the withdrawal symptoms of the first week or two pass, the urge to smoke becomes more psychological than physical. Most smokers find that there are four main factors that eat away at their will power.

    Posted 10.28.13

  • Take Control Of Tricky Situations

    When the image of a cigarette comes into your mind, concentrate on something else that you enjoy.

    Posted 10.25.13

  • Don't Forget To Reward Yourself

    Hey, you are doing something really hard! You already deserve a reward. In fact, you probably deserve a new car or an exciting vacation.

    Posted 10.25.13

  • Are You Using A Nicotine Substitute?

    If you are using a nicotine replacement product, you may feel strong enough to stop using it after a few weeks. It’s best not to.

    Posted 10.25.13

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