Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

After Your Quit Date

Stay Quit for Life

Congratulations! Whether it's been a few weeks or months since you quit smoking, you've accomplished something very significant. Celebrate your success and the benefits of your smoke-free lifestyle.

It’s important to remember that you will still encounter stress, boredom, celebrations, and life, too. These situations may challenge your ability to remain tobacco free. Continue to use your coping strategies to anticipate and resist the urge to smoke. Use some of the lifestyle changes you made to help you quit. Identify new strategies to stay smoke-free. 

You are joining millions of people who have overcome their addiction to tobacco. You are already beginning to experience the health benefits. Those benefits will continue to increase for years to come.

Don't Have “Just One”

Just one cigarette can put you at risk of relapsing, even years after quitting tobacco. Studies show that the brain changes to accommodate regular nicotine use. Those changes are permanent. Your brain adapts when you quit but it can readily go back to wanting the nicotine levels it was used to in the past. That's why ex-smokers who have “just one” cigarette can quickly return to smoking their regular number of cigarettes.

Even if you no longer crave tobacco, don’t let down your guard. You may be tempted when you see others casually smoking cigarettes or cigars. Recall your motivations and remind yourself that you are a nonsmoker. If you need to, leave the situation.

Take Any Slips in Stride

If you slip up and smoke a cigarette, don’t waste the whole quit attempt. Resume your quit plan and learn from the mistake. It’s important to:

  • Avoid discouragement. One cigarette doesn't make you a smoker again.  
  • Understand why it happened. Develop a strategy to help you cope next time.  
  • Talk it through. Tell a friend or family member what you plan to do differently next time and ask for any support you need. Talk to a counselor or member of your quit smoking group. Others have experiences to share that may help you. 
  • Focus on success. Remember that you did stop smoking. Review what worked and keep going.  

Don't Stop Your Medications Too Soon

Continue to take quit tobacco medications for the amount of time recommended on the package or as prescribed by your doctor.  

  • Call us if you have cut down on your medications and begin to feel intolerable symptoms of withdrawal. We may put you back on your original dose or adjust you to a lower dose more gradually. 
  • Call us if you have finished all your medications and find it difficult not to smoke. We may renew your prescription or switch you to a different medication.  
  • Choose the medications, if you have to choose between smoking again or using your medications longer. They are safe. They don't have all the harmful chemicals in cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. They don’t negatively affect your health the way tobacco does. 

Reward Yourself

Quitting is one of the most important investments you can make in your health. Congratulate yourself every day:

  • Update or create a list of reasons why you are glad you quit. Review them frequently, share them with friends and family, and post them in visible places around your home and workplace. 
  • Reward yourself. Set aside the money you would have spent on cigarettes for 6 months or a year. Treat yourself to a weekend away, spa date, or sporting event. 
  • Celebrate the anniversaries of your quit date. Go to dinner or do something else you enjoy each month, and then splurge and do something special on your yearly anniversary. 

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If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.

This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.