Quitting Tobacco: Resisting the Urge to Smoke When You're Around Other Smokers

Reviewed Nov 2, 2017

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Summary

  • Ask others to help you in your quit attempt.
  • If you are in a group and others light up, excuse yourself.
  • Do not buy, carry, light or hold cigarettes for others.

You may want to analyze situations in which watching others smoke triggers an urge in you to smoke. Figure out what it is about those situations that makes you want to smoke. Is it because you associate feeling happy with being around other smokers? Or, is there something special about the situations, such as being around the people you usually smoked with? Is it tempting to join others for routine smoke breaks?

Here are some tips:

  • Limit your contact with smokers, especially in the early weeks of quitting.
  • Do not buy, carry, light or hold cigarettes for others.
  • If you are in a group and others light up, excuse yourself, and don’t return until they have finished.
  • Do not let people smoke in your home. Post a small “No Smoking” sign by your front door.
  • Ask others to help you stay quit. Give them specific examples of things that are helpful (such as not smoking around you) and things that are not helpful (like asking you to buy cigarettes for them).
  • Focus on what you’ve gained by quitting. For example, think of how healthy you will be when all smoking effects are gone from your body and you can call yourself smoke-free. Also, add up how much money you have saved already by not purchasing cigarettes and imagine (in detail) how you will spend your savings in 6 months.
Source: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/withdrawal-fact-sheet#q8

Summary

  • Ask others to help you in your quit attempt.
  • If you are in a group and others light up, excuse yourself.
  • Do not buy, carry, light or hold cigarettes for others.

You may want to analyze situations in which watching others smoke triggers an urge in you to smoke. Figure out what it is about those situations that makes you want to smoke. Is it because you associate feeling happy with being around other smokers? Or, is there something special about the situations, such as being around the people you usually smoked with? Is it tempting to join others for routine smoke breaks?

Here are some tips:

  • Limit your contact with smokers, especially in the early weeks of quitting.
  • Do not buy, carry, light or hold cigarettes for others.
  • If you are in a group and others light up, excuse yourself, and don’t return until they have finished.
  • Do not let people smoke in your home. Post a small “No Smoking” sign by your front door.
  • Ask others to help you stay quit. Give them specific examples of things that are helpful (such as not smoking around you) and things that are not helpful (like asking you to buy cigarettes for them).
  • Focus on what you’ve gained by quitting. For example, think of how healthy you will be when all smoking effects are gone from your body and you can call yourself smoke-free. Also, add up how much money you have saved already by not purchasing cigarettes and imagine (in detail) how you will spend your savings in 6 months.
Source: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/withdrawal-fact-sheet#q8

Summary

  • Ask others to help you in your quit attempt.
  • If you are in a group and others light up, excuse yourself.
  • Do not buy, carry, light or hold cigarettes for others.

You may want to analyze situations in which watching others smoke triggers an urge in you to smoke. Figure out what it is about those situations that makes you want to smoke. Is it because you associate feeling happy with being around other smokers? Or, is there something special about the situations, such as being around the people you usually smoked with? Is it tempting to join others for routine smoke breaks?

Here are some tips:

  • Limit your contact with smokers, especially in the early weeks of quitting.
  • Do not buy, carry, light or hold cigarettes for others.
  • If you are in a group and others light up, excuse yourself, and don’t return until they have finished.
  • Do not let people smoke in your home. Post a small “No Smoking” sign by your front door.
  • Ask others to help you stay quit. Give them specific examples of things that are helpful (such as not smoking around you) and things that are not helpful (like asking you to buy cigarettes for them).
  • Focus on what you’ve gained by quitting. For example, think of how healthy you will be when all smoking effects are gone from your body and you can call yourself smoke-free. Also, add up how much money you have saved already by not purchasing cigarettes and imagine (in detail) how you will spend your savings in 6 months.
Source: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/withdrawal-fact-sheet#q8

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