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Staying on Track for a Smoke-Free Life

You’re on your way! The first few months of quitting smoking weren’t easy, but you’ve made huge strides to a significant milestone. Congratulations, from all of us in the GetQuit® Community. We’re proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself, too!

As you continue to live your smoke-free life, you may face additional roadblocks along the way. Reviewing your quit plan and staying committed to new smoke-free routines can help you continue to conquer setbacks that arise. GetQuit® has some tips and recommendations for maintaining a smoke-free lifestyle that you can also keep in mind. Remember, you know your needs best, so use the information below as a guide to help you do what’s right for you. Keep it up!

Try Smoke-Free Activities

Adjusting to your new smoke-free life may take some getting used to, but there are plenty of ways to change up your lifestyle and make the most of your smoke-free opportunities. Keeping them up as well as finding new activities can also help you avoid any urges that arise.

Find new smoke-free activities to do all throughout the year! There are many new hobbies you can try, and places to go, once you’re smoke-free.

  • Be mindful of settings. While you’re still fresh in your quit, avoid social situations involving alcohol, which can be a common trigger to smoke.
  • Look for new workouts to try. Make sure you consult your healthcare provider before trying a new workout routine.
  • Enjoy your new routines. Now that your morning routine may have changed, including your route to work and method of transportation, reflect on how great it is to be living smoke-free.

Review Your Progress

Stop and take a deep breath. Quitting is an in-depth process that requires your focus, concentration, and dedication. Now that you’ve been committed to your quit for some time, it’s important to check in with yourself. Think about where you’ve been and get excited for what’s ahead!

  • Plan for short- and long-term rewards. Occasional incentives throughout your quit—and for years after—can help you stay motivated and smoke-free.
  • Monitor your savings. Calculate the amount of money you’ve saved by not buying cigarettes. What are you going to do with that extra cash?
  • Recognize milestones. Milestones are a time for celebration, but they’re also a time for reflection. Whether you’re 1 week, 1 month, or 1 year smoke-free, check in with yourself and your supporters. Make sure you’re aligned on your goals and how you can achieve them.

Prepare for the Long Term

Think about the big picture, and how you can stay smoke-free. Whether that’s by reminding yourself of the benefits of living smoke-free or treating yourself to a 10-year celebration dinner, always keep success in mind.

  • Become a supporter for someone who is looking to quit smoking. If someone’s support helped you on your quit journey, just think about how you could help others.
  • Congratulate yourself for small things, like automatically reaching for gum or water instead of a cigarette. Reward those new behaviors—and keep them up!
  • Celebrate! Do a happy dance, go to a movie, or out for dinner—you’re conquering a difficult addiction and you’re doing a great job.