Cessation Counseling

Can Have a Positive Impact on Patient Outcomes

Managing Relapse

Your patients may become frustrated. That’s why smoking cessation education is important to help these patients understand quitting is a process. It helps to have  smoking cessation strategies for the patients to follow.

10 or more 


It takes most people several attempts—sometimes as many as 10 or more—before they finally quit smoking.1

The best way to manage smoking relapse is to prevent it 

Smoking relapse prevention involves anticipating and coping in situations that may trigger a relapse. Patients can learn the following coping skills2:

Anticipate and avoid temptations and trigger situations

Determine strategies to reduce negative moods, such as meditation or yoga

For more information on relapse management, direct your patients to Quit.com

Relapse Management for Patients a

Stress is a major factor

that causes smokers to relapse, even after prolonged periods of abstinence.The causes of stress are different for each person.

Dealing with stress

Smokers can find new ways to manage stress once they successfully quit.Strategies to help your patients deal with stress are available at Quit.com.

Proper use of medication


The choice of smoking-cessation medication should be individualized to meet each patient’s specific needs. Review your patient’s previous medication history to see if he or she was using nicotine replacement therapy effectively. According to the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, even if one method for quitting didn’t work, another may still be helpful.2

Proper use of nicotine replacement therapy

Managing triggers may help reduce the likelihood of relapse.




1. American Cancer Society. Guide to quitting smoking. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002971-pdf.pdf. Updated July 8, 2013. Accessed August 25, 2015. 2. Fiore MC, Jaén CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service; 2008. 3. Cohen S, Lichtenstein E. Perceived stress, quitting smoking, and smoking relapse. Health Psychol. 1990;9(4):466-478.