Staying Tobacco-Free

Worried about relapsing or going back to using tobacco?


Congratulations! You’ve been able to quit! That’s an amazing feat. But, staying quit for the rest of your life will be the real challenge. Staying quit involves many factors. But don’t worry – with these tips, staying quit can be easier.

First, learn your triggers.
Notice the things that make you crave tobacco. These are called triggers. Having withdrawal is one of the main reasons for craving  it. But there are also other  things. Some are these are:

  • Stress
  • Boredom
  • Weight gain

Then, find healthier habits to replace tobacco use.
 Work towards subbing in healthier habits when you feel the urge to smoke or use other tobacco products. Let’s say you’re stressed at work and feel like smoking. Or let’s say you’re just bored. As soon as you get any of these feelings, try something else that like:

  • Taking a walk in the woods
  • Doing breathing exercises
  • Taking a nice, hot shower
  • Talking to a close friend

Many people gain between 5 and 10 pounds after they quit. This is normal when you quit since nicotine speeds up your metabolism.  Try these tips:

  • Eat routine meals.
  • Eat healthier foods.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Do more physical activity.
  • Get enough sleep.

I relapsed. What do I do now?
Know that slip-ups are a normal part of staying quit. If this happens, call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-877-270-7867) now. They will give you the tools to help you quit again and stay quit.

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Helpful Links
7 Common Withdrawal Symptoms
Reducing Your Stress
Knowing Your Triggers
Building Support to Stay Quit