Learn how to handle your triggers and cravings
“I quit… till I have that first cup of coffee.” “I basically don’t smoke anymore, except when I’m out with friends.” “I’m fine except for wanting a smoke right after a meal.”
Does this sound like you? These are called smoking triggers and they come in different shapes and forms. For some, it’s from having a cup of coffee. For others, it could be going to a party, driving home from work, feeling stressed or anxious, or all of the above.
For those who are wondering, cravings are intense urges to smoke. Although these cravings usually only last a few minutes, they can make quitting tobacco quite challenging. That’s why it’s important to know your triggers and to come up with a plan to deal with them.
Here are a couple of tips to help you break the link between common triggers and tobacco.