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Dealing with Triggers

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Most smokers have triggers. Learning to recognise them is one of the most important steps on the road to stopping for good.

"Triggers" are actions or events that make you crave a cigarette. They're the moments that you associate most closely with smoking - and whether it's drinking a cup of coffee, finishing a meal, most smokers have them.

Learning to recognise your triggers is an important step on the road to becoming smoke-free. Once you start to notice and understand your own personal triggers, you can start to come up with strategies to beat them.

Habits and Routines 

Smokers often have lots of activities that they associate with smoking. These are generally parts of your daily routine, and in some cases may need to be changed or even stopped for a while. Some of the most common "pattern triggers"3 include:

  • Smell of cigarettes
  • Eating certain foods
  • Drinking your morning coffee

When attempting to quit, it can be helpful to avoid your triggers when getting through the initial stages of nicotine withdrawal. For instance, in the first few weeks after quitting, it can be helpful to avoid places where people tend to smoke. Similarly, if coffee is a major trigger, consider drinking tea or decaf as an alternative.

Of course, you can't avoid every common trigger. For triggers are like finishing a meal or driving, the key is to break the association between the event and smoking. Helpful strategies for this include finding a physical replacement for smoking, like chewing gum or sucking on a lozenge or mint. For others, it can be beneficial to go for a walk or distract yourself by doodling or squeezing a stress ball to keep your hands busy.

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