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Moving on yet avoiding relapse by periodic reinforcement of your personal commitment to Never Take Another Puff!

Joel at clinic graduation night following a 6 session, two weeks stop smoking clinic. Each session was two hours.

Congratulations! By the end of week two you are beginning to realize that everything you did as a smoker can be done as an ex-smoker. It's a fact you likely didn't believe when you took that first brave step toward freedom.

Your addiction no longer doing the talking, the below relapse prevention lessons will help protect and reinforce your recovery. Collectively, they'll drive home the message that it is impossible to fail so long as all nicotine remains on the outside, so long as you remain loyal to your original commitment to Never Take Another Puff!

If only now discovering this guide, we've put together 90 minutes of videos that will help you appreciate how every cell in your body is benefiting by receiving more oxygen and fewer toxins. Understanding smoke's harms enhances the likelihood that this recovery is the last you'll ever need.

Millions of words here at WhyQuit but just one principle determining on which side of dependency's bars we'll spend the balance of life: no nicotine today, to never take another puff, dip, vape or chew!

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Relapse Prevention Videos

Getting on with the rest of your life: 09:21

"The only time I think of smoking is when I get one of your stupid letters" 08:22

"I'll come for reinforcement when I need it" 10:15

"If I relapse I'll smoke until it kills me" 05:17

Life goes on without smoking: 08:12

"Is this a symptom of quitting smoking?" (part 2) 11:33

"I know I am going to gain weight if I quit smoking!" 13:13

Going back to normal after quitting smoking: 10:07

Quitting smoking and mental health: 03:59

Unexpected benefit after quitting: 07:44

"Boy, do I deserve a cigarette for that!" 06:31

Predestined bad days after quitting smoking: 06:34

Predestined bad days (edited) 05:14

Be prepared for holiday triggers: 11:01

Terrible 3s: 07:51

What is your quit smoking mantra? 12:33

The lucky ones get hooked: 09:34

Is relapse a natural part of the quitting process? 13:13

Short funny story: 04:04

Watching others smoke: 09:32

"What should I call myself?" 07:53

New reactions to anger: 09:14

Incorporating exercise after quitting: 03:54

Craves or thoughts for cigarettes that occur over time: 03:39

Life goes on without smoking: 04:16

"When did I actually quit smoking?" 04:39

"I am going back to smoking when I'm eighty" 03:47

"Will I eventually dislike the smell of cigarette smoke?" 03:14

Using cigarettes as rewards: 04:17

Who wants to go back to smoking? 07:05

Commitment Reinforcement & Relapse Prevention Reading

The Smokers Vow

The Law of Addiction

"Just One Little Puff"

"Was I Addicted?"

Divine Revelations

Maybe I'm Different?

Everyone is Different

New Year's Resolution

Fixating on a Cigarette

Never Take Another Puff!

I Can't Quit or I Won't Quit

The Lucky Ones Get Hooked!

Negative Support From Others

"I feel 100% better since I Quit"

"I'm Not Going to Smoke Today!"

"New Reactions to Anger as an Ex-smoker"

"Why are you so hard on the concept of cheating?"

"Things were just so bad at work I had to take a cigarette!"

"If they ever cure lung cancer, I am going back to smoking!"

"I went back to smoking while in the hospital with pneumonia!"

Come Share Your Strength, Come Recognize Your Vulnerabilities

"You said it would get better!" "It's just as bad as the day I quit!"

"The only time I think of cigarettes is when I receive your stupid letters!"


Daily Quitting Lesson Guide

starting your quit
Day one of stopping smoking nicotine Day four of stopping smoking nicotine
Day two of stopping smoking nicotine Day five of stopping smoking nicotine
Day three of stopping smoking cigarettes Day six of quitting smoking
The second week of stopping smoking nicotine

Joel Spitzer has provided smoking cessation and prevention services since 1972, first as a volunteer speaker and then a member of the professional staff of the American Cancer Society. Later he served as smoking programs coordinator for the Rush North Shore Medical Center's Good Health Program, and then as a consultant for the Skokie Illinois Health Department and the Evanston Department of Health and Human Services, providing state funded smoking cessation clinics and seminars for the two Chicago suburban communities. Here at WhyQuit, Joel has served as education director since June 2000.

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Created 11/29/06 & reformatted 06/20/18 by John R. Polito