DAY OF QUITTING

Ways of Quitting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





The key to living as a nonsmoker is to avoid letting your urges or cravings for a cigarette lead you to smoke. Don't kid yourself even though you have made a commitment not to smoke, you will sometimes be tempted. But instead of giving in to the urge, you can use it as a learning experience.

First, remind yourself that you have quit and you are a nonsmoker. Then look closely your urge to smoke and ask yourself:

  1. Where was I when I got the urge?
  2. What was I doing at the time?
  3. Who was I with?
  4. What was I thinking?.

The urge to smoke after you've quit often hits at predictable times. The trick is to anticipate those times and find ways to cope with them without smoking. Naturally, it won't be easy at first. In fact, you may continue to want a cigarette at times. But remember, even if you slip, it doesn't mean an end to the nonsmoking you. It does mean that you should try to identify what triggered your slip, strengthen your commitment to quitting, and try again.

Look at the following list of typical triggers. Does any of them ring a bell with you? Check off those that might trigger and urge to smoke, and add any others you can think of:

  • Working under pressure
  • Feeling blue
  • Talking on the telephone
  • Having a drink
  • Watching television
  • Driving your car
  • Finishing a meal
  • Playing cards
  • Drinking coffee
  • Watching someone else smoke

If you are like many new nonsmokers, the most difficult place to resist the urge to smoke is the most familiar: home. The activities most closely associated with smoking urges are eating, partying, and drinking. And, not surprisingly, most urges occur when a smoker is present.