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
Stress is a major factor
that causes smokers to relapse, even after prolonged periods of abstinence.3 The causes of stress are different for each person.
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
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.