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Smokers, don’t quit trying to quit!

You gave it a try back in November during the Great American Smokeout and managed to kick the tobacco habit for a whole 24 hours, but you just couldn’t make it last. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most people relapse, or start smoking again, within the first three months after quitting. The smartest thing you can do for yourself is to try again. Consider what helped and what didn’t help the last time you tried to quit. Working that out before you try again may increase your chances for success. Avoid situations where you’re likely to smoke—like being around other smokers, drinking alcohol or becoming stressed or depressed. Talk to your healthcare provider about medicines to help you cope with withdrawal symptoms or join a smoking cessation program or support group. Don’t get discouraged and don’t give up. Keep trying. Your life depends on it!