Willpower wavering? That's okay — it happens to all of us.

Quit Smoking Willpower

But remember, over
1 million Americans quit smoking every year and you can, too. Here are some ways to help you stay strong when you’re feeling a little weak.

But remember, over 1 million Americans quit smoking every year and you can, too. Here are some ways to help you stay strong when you’re feeling a little weak.

Stay Ahead of Slip-Ups by Recognizing How You Feel

Slip-ups are most likely to happen when you’re tired, angry, lonely or hungry. Being aware of how you feel can help you avoid the slippery slope that leads to relapse.

Avoid Smoking Slip-Ups

Try Deep-Breathing Techniques

One way to help reduce stress and keep you on track to quitting is by using breathing techniques. Place your hands on your abdomen to get in touch with your breathing and really be aware of how you’re inhaling and exhaling.

Then, while you’re relaxed, take in deeper breaths, with longer inhalations and exhalations. Think about breathing in deeply, filling your lungs and expanding your diaphragm (the muscle below your lungs). Source:

Deep-Breathing Techniques

Adjust Your Eating and Drinking Schedule

One of the side effects of nicotine is that it can help to regulate blood-sugar levels. As a smoker, you may have been able to skip meals without experiencing any sugar highs or crashes.

Now that you’ve quit, you may notice that you’re having a hard time concentrating or that you feel woozy or lightheaded if you haven’t eaten recently. Try eating several smaller meals throughout the day. Be careful not to increase the amount you’re eating, just the frequency. Eating more often will also give you small breaks in the day to compensate for your old cigarette breaks.

You may also want to adjust your intake of caffeine. If you drank a large amount of coffee or other caffeinated beverages before you stopped smoking, and you continue to drink the same amount once you’ve stopped, you may feel jittery or have difficulty sleeping. That’s because nicotine increases the rate at which your body processes caffeine.

Invest Your Savings

Put aside the money you would usually use to buy cigarettes every week. Plan to use it to buy yourself a special treat when you hit a major milestone, like one year smoke-free. You may be surprised by how much you save. A pack-a-day smoker can easily save more than $2,000 in a year!

If Something Gets in Your Way, Turn

When a trigger goes off or a craving comes on strong, change things up. Do something different, change the scenery, or just take a time-out from what you’re doing to throw off your urge to smoke. This smoking prevention checklist provides a few options. Find the ones that work best for you:

Smoking Prevention Checklist

Call a friend

Man Walking

Go for a walk

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Lean on your nicotine replacements for physical support


Exercise – working out helps relieve stress and manage withdrawal symptoms

No Smoking Sign

Go somewhere you’re not allowed to smoke, like the movies or the mall

Game Controller

Play a game


Take a nap

Shopping Bag

Go shopping

Checklist Boxes

Run an errand

Washing Machine

Tackle tasks around the house like washing the car or doing the laundry

To-Do List

Re-read your list of reasons for quitting


Take a bubble bath or shower


Visualize the future – imagine the experiences you want to have as a non-smoker, like meeting your great-grandkids or exploring new cuisines (with your improved sense of taste!)

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