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What can trigger a relapse when I'm trying to quit smoking?

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Triggers can happen when you:·

Even positive feelings of happiness or pleasure can be triggers.

  • Drink your morning tea or coffee
  • Have a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine
  • Drive
  • Get up during intermission at a show
  • Check your texts or email
  • Feel bored, sad, angry, or stressed
  • Talk on the phone
  • Need a break from work

From: Find Your Smoking Triggers WebMD Medical Reference

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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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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