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Relapse is common and is defined as a return to regular smoking. You may be disappointed in yourself, but don’t dwell on it. You are the same, strong person that decided to quit and you can do it again.


Focus on the positives

The most important thing is to recognise that any quitting attempt is a step forward. By not smoking for several days or weeks, you’re better off right now than when you were before.

Now you’re one step closer to finding the strategy that will work for you, because you’re eliminating one that doesn’t. Next time will be different.


Review and regroup

Now is the time to work out what you did that worked well, and what you could improve on for the next time. Grab a pen and paper.

  • Did you fell motivated along the way, or were you questioning why you were doing it? If so, it might be helpful to carry a reminder with you for your next attempt.
  • What support did you have around you and did it work for you? What might be helpful next time? Remember, you can call Quitline, speak to your GP or pharmacist, find a quitting buddy, and reach out to family and friends.
  • Did you have a strong plan for managing cravings and triggers? Did you stick to it? Maybe next time you might want to explore medications to help you manage these tough moments.

If this doesn’t provide you with the clarity or confidence to take on your next attempt, you can call Quitline to speak to a counsellor and develop a personalised plan.


When should I try to quit again?

Make another attempt as soon as you feel ready. There will never be a ‘perfect time’, so don’t use that as an excuse. If you need clarity or confidence to take your next attempt, you can call Quitline 13 7848 to speak to a Quitline counsellor. They understand that quitting for good can take a few tries. They won’t judge you, and will discuss your experiences and support you with what you decide to do next.