Assessing Your Relapse Risk after You Stop Smoking

Part of Stop Smoking For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

After you stop smoking, you need to make sure you avoid relapse. The first step to practising early relapse prevention is to find out how close you are to relapsing. Identifying your risk for relapse and avoiding high-risk situations can help you on your journey to recovery.

Your risk for relapse is on the rise when you

  • Have just recently stopped.

  • Feel so confident that ‘just one more can’t hurt’.

  • Buy a pack ‘just in case’.

  • Don’t discard that last pack.

  • Expose yourself to people, places, and things formerly associated with smoking.

  • Hang out with friends who smoke.

  • Are in high-stress situations that usually lead to a smoke, such as family conflict, deadlines, or social obligations.

  • Are in lowstress situations, such as on holiday, that invariably lead to smoking because you want to maximise your relaxation.

If you can relate to any of these points, you’re at risk of relapsing into the habit.