Certain activities, people, feelings or situations can make you want to use tobacco products. These are called triggers. Triggers look different for everyone, whether you’re still using tobacco or in the middle of your quit journey. Maybe your habit is to reward yourself with a smoke after a shift or hit the bar to vape with your buddies. Whatever your triggers may be, there are ways to tackle them by being prepared.
There are four kinds of triggers that may make you want to use tobacco: emotional, pattern, social and withdrawal. Identifying your triggers before you quit and throughout your quit journey can help you create a stronger quit plan to live tobacco free.
Emotional triggers occur when you have one or more strong feelings and reach for a tobacco product to get through the moment. They can include:
Stress or anxiety
Boredom or loneliness
Pattern triggers are activities you associate with tobacco use. They can include:
Eating a meal
After having sex
Before going to sleep
When waking up
Social triggers are occasions where others use tobacco products. They can include:
Hanging at a bar
Celebrating at a promotion party
Going to the DTUA where others are using tobacco
Withdrawal triggers occur when you quit and your body is not getting the same levels of nicotine. They can include:
The smell of tobacco products
Craving the taste of a tobacco product
Needing to keep your hands and mouth busy instead of using tobacco
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