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How can I avoid the temptation to smoke?

This film is part of the series "How To Avoid The Temptation To Smoke"

How To Avoid The Temptation To Smoke

Linda Hyder Ferry (Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine) gives expert video advice on: How can I avoid the temptation to smoke?

How can I avoid the temptation to smoke?

When people have become habituated to the use of tobacco in their life, the ‘trigger' to make them want a cigarette comes from a variety of backgrounds and a variety of sources. One can be the chemical message in your brain that your nicotine level is dropping. Go and find some, as it will make you feel better again. However, chemistry and craving are not the only thing. It can also be a trigger from an environment. You are in a place where you always smoke, so it's just a habit, for example you are going to grab a cup of coffee and a cigarette, or it can be an environment or social setting where other people are cueing you to smoke. Even TV, or ads on billboards, or flipping through a magazine are going to remind you of the triggers to smoke from a visual. It can also be from a smell. You may walk somewhere by a tobacco shop and smell your brand of cigarette or see it advertised on a counter at a gas station. There are so many things that can trigger you to smoke. How can you avoid the temptation? 1. Don't spend time with people who smoke or people who use tobacco. 2. Avoid those gas stations that have cigarettes on prominent display. 3. Don't keep cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia visible in your home or in your car. Identifying your triggers is important, watching out for the environment that's the cue, and learning what it is that really makes you want to smoke. Substituting or changing the environment, and changing how you go about the plans of your day, are the ways to stop those triggers that send off the signals to your brain that makes your hands start searching for cigarettes and a lighter.