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Managing Setbacks

Slip-Up: a puff or a few cigarettes during your quit attempt.

Relapse: a return to smoking regularly.

Most people who try to quit have setbacks.

Setbacks are learning opportunities.

If you’ve had a slip-up (a puff or a few cigarettes during your quit attempt) it’s natural to feel bad but it’s also a warning to take seriously.

If you’ve relapsed (returned to smoking regularly) try quitting again when you feel ready.

A great strategy for recovering from a slip-up, or getting back on track after relapse, is to seek the support from Quitline or the QuitCoach .

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