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Can I still quit smoking if I slip up while trying to quit?

Yes. Most people have multiple relapses before they finally quit. There are multiple ways to quit, but the best way is to pick a quit date and stick to it. If you need help see your physician.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you slip and up smoking after vowing to quit, don't despair. Think about why you slipped. Were you with friends who were smoking? Did you have a cocktail or beer and light up, something you always did in the past? If you identify why you slipped and smoked, you may be able to prevent future slips. The last thing you want is for a slip to slide into a full-blown relapse -- that is, a return to smoking.

Slips are common among people who quit smoking. Don't beat yourself up if you sneak a puff or two from a friend's cigarette. Learn from the experience and resume your healthier habits.

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