Smokers may feel uncomfortable or “on edge” if they are not smoking at times or in places where they usually have a cigarette. Certain things trigger, your desire for a cigarette. They can be moods, feelings, places, or things that you normally do.
These times and places are called triggers because they trigger, or turn on, cigarette cravings. Breaking these trigger habits is the most difficult part of quitting for some smokers.
Identifying, managing, and avoiding your triggers is essential for staying in control when attempting to quit smoking.
Keeping a detailed cravings / smoking diary for several weeks will help you identify and acknowledge your smoking triggers.
Some triggers for smoking may include some or many of the following:
- After having sex
Attending a party with friends
Being with other smokers
Birthday, anniversary, etc celebrations
Cooling off after a fight
Drinking wine or beer
Driving your car
Feeling sad, lonely, or down
Finishing a meal
New Years Eve celebrations
Seeing someone else smoke
Stressed at work
Taking a work break
Talking on the phone
Waking up (e.g. in the morning)
In order to successfully quit smoking, it is essential that you identify your triggers for smoking. Be aware of your triggers so that you can avoid or manage them so that you can avoid, as far as possible, the temptation to smoke.