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Tracking and overcoming triggers

Triggers - what makes you smoke?

Many things can trigger a craving to smoking.
Smoking is paired with many daily activities, different emotions, and moods. Try keeping track your triggers by taking note of what you are doing and feeling when a craving strikes. Then make some changes that will disrupt the pattern and help you to avoid that trigger.

Ten common triggers and tips for avoiding them

Drinking coffee
Drink your coffee in a different space or at a different time. Change to tea or another drink for a while. Stand up when you drink coffee instead of sitting.
Use toothpicks or have carrot sticks around. Sing along to music loud and strong!
Getting up in the morning
Break your routine – hop right in the shower, stretch for five minutes, drink water to dull the craving, and use your stop–smoking medications
Going on break
Break the routine – change the time, do not go out with the smoker, and reach out to a friend.
Change the place or chair you usually use for relaxing, have a healthy drink, listen to music, or think of your breath.
Finishing a meal
Get right up from the table, brush your teeth, step outside, or play a game.
Using your phone
Connect with a friend who supports your quit, go to some “Stay Quit” communities, or take a break from the phone.
Still feeling cravings? Remember that each moment away from your last cigarette makes you stronger.
Try to remember your reasons to quit.
Last updated 8/20/2018 6:08 PM
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