New Year’s resolutions do not always go according to plan. By the second week of February, about four out of five resolutions fail. Quitting smoking is no different. For many smokers, it can take several attempts to quit for good.
The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program wants you to know that slips and relapses are common among people trying to quit smoking. A slip is one or two cigarettes after you quit. A relapse means going back to smoking regularly. While most slips or relapses occur within the first three months after quitting, they can happen anytime.People who stop smoking often start again because of withdrawal symptoms and stress.
“If you had a slip up or relapse, we encourage you to get back on track with Tobacco Free Florida’s proven-effective resources,” said Lacoadia Burkes, Interim Bureau Chief of Tobacco Free Florida. “Our free tools and services can significantly increase your chances of quitting tobacco for good.”
Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way program offers free Phone Quit, Group Quit and Web Quit services, in addition to individual tools like texting support, a Quit Guide and helpful emails. Free nicotine replacement therapy – nicotine patches, gum or lozenges – are available to tobacco users who are 18 or older, if medically appropriate.
For more information, please visit tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway.