The best way to prevent relapse to smoking is to be aware of your early warning signs and have a plan of action, and to avoid high-risk situations.
If you have attempted to quit smoking before but were unsuccessful, think about the situations that led you to start smoking again.
Make a list of high-risk situations and triggers that could lead you to smoke again. It is not always possible to avoid some high-risk situations, such as when feeling upset, having money worries, being present at social occasions where smoking and drinking are occurring.
The best way to prepare for these situations is to plan ahead. Think about possible difficulties or pitfalls that might arise and work out ways of coping with them in advance.
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