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How to Handle Smoking Triggers

Learn how to handle smoking triggers when quitting smoking from addictions counselor Adam Steiner in this Howcast video.


Triggers are anything that make you want to smoke and they come in many different forms. People places and things. People that you smoke with, people that make you wanna smoke because they aggravate you. Places like bars or coffee places you hung out at and things like "when I am at the computer I like to smoke" or "when I'm reading a book I like to smoke" or "when I'm drawing I like to smoke." You might have to avoid these things for a little while. There's also, H.A.L.T: hungry, angry, lonely, tired. Do not allow yourself to be any of these things. If you're hungry make sure you have snacks around, eat something. If you're lonely, call a friend, go visit a friend. I forgot about angry. You might feel angry more often then you should too. So when you're angry try to take deep breaths and take long walks. Again, with that friend, unload to that friend about whatever is making you angry. If at all possible take as many naps as you can and try to put yourself to bed early so that you don't get too tired. There's also co-minglers. I was talking about places like bars or clubs. But the other thing is alcohol is a co-mingler. Many people who do not even smoke tell me that when they are drinking, after they have had the second or third cocktail they crave a cigarette and probably they hate smoking. So thats co-mingling. It goes well. It also goes well with coffee. So with those two things, i'm not saying you have to give up coffee and cocktails. Or whatever it is you choose forever. Just for a little while you're working on becoming a non-smoker and remember cigarettes have been fixing your feelings, stuffing your feelings. So a lot of feeling may come up. It's important for you to have someone to talk too. You might wanna get into some short-term therapy. Now that could help you. The important thing is; there are thousands of triggers. I can go on and on about this. The most important thing is not to ignore them. To not pretend like they don't exist. Don't say "no, no, no I don't wanna smoke, I don't wanna smoke." No. Admit it. Call somebody and say "I feel like having a cigarette right now. Can you talk me through it?" That's what you need to do. Be honest with yourself. Don't put yourself in situations that you know are going to trigger you. Avoid them. For different people it's a different amount of time. But I would certainly not recommend quitting smoking and then going directly to the bar you always hung out and smoked and drank at. That's setting up failure. So just do it for a while. Be good to yourself.

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