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How can you squelch smoking triggers before they happen?

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Triggers are a form of conditioned response. If you’re used to smoking a cigarette during a coffee break, for example, you begin to link even the smell of coffee with smoking.

You’ll need to outsmart your triggers before they strike. Change your routines to break your most powerful triggers.

If driving is a trigger, for instance, practice driving short distances without smoking. If coffee brings on a craving, try to take a coffee break without one, or switch to a different drink or coffee shop.

From: Find Your Smoking Triggers WebMD Medical Reference

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Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Scott McIntosh, PhD, associate professor of community and preventive medicine, University of Rochester, New York; director, Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center.

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society: “Guide to Quitting Smoking.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

QuitNow Canada.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

SOURCES: 

Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Scott McIntosh, PhD, associate professor of community and preventive medicine, University of Rochester, New York; director, Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center.

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society: “Guide to Quitting Smoking.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

QuitNow Canada.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

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