Staying Tobacco Free
Once you've successfully quit, the next challenge is staying tobacco free. The average person tries quitting up to seven times before they are able to stay smoke-free and achieve long-term results. But don't let that get you down. The quitting process is just that a process. And it's different for everyone. If you find yourself smoking again, it doesn't mean you can't quit. It just means you need to figure out what caused you to slip, try again, and improve your plan for the next time around.
Have you quit many times before? If so, you know that staying tobacco free is the final and most important stage of the process. You can learn from your experiences and use the same methods to stay tobacco free as you did to help you through the most difficult stages of your quitting process.
When you quit smoking, your risk of stroke decreases steadily. Former smokers have the same stroke risk as nonsmokers after 5 to 15 years.