IDENTIFY TRIGGERS. CONQUER NICOTINE CRAVINGS.

Triggers are environmental signals or factors that cause cravings. They’re unique to each person, and identifying your triggers can help you control nicotine cravings. Common triggers include:

  • Feeling stressed, lonely or down
  • Drinking alcohol or coffee
  • Driving
  • Finishing a meal
  • Taking a work break
  • Seeing someone else smoke

MAKE A PLAN TO HANDLE CRAVINGS

You can’t avoid every trigger. The good news? Cravings only last about 10 minutes. Find something to occupy your mind while it passes, like:

  • Calling or texting someone.
  • Reading a magazine, listening to music or playing your favorite game for 10 minutes.
  • Taking a walk or jog. Short bursts of activity can help beat a nicotine craving.
  • Reviewing your reasons for quitting. Thinking it through makes you stronger.
  • Going to a smokefree zone like a store or restaurant where you can’t smoke.
  • Calculate your savings and decide what to buy with all that extra money.
  • Keeping your mouth busy with a stick of gum, hard candy or glass of water.
  • Doing something else. Just changing your routine can help you shake off a craving.
  • Taking deep breaths – in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Remember: nicotine cravings come and go. Do what works for you.

* From smokefree.gov

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