Common Smoking Triggers that Develop Addiction

Smoking negatively affects a person’s health; it increases the risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, despite the warnings, some people cannot stop this addictive habit. Certain habits trigger the need to smoke, learning what these are, enables you to stop smoking gradually or abruptly.

Habits that Trigger Smoking Addiction

Smoking is a difficult habit to stop because it is both mentally and physically addictive. People not only have to fight their addiction to nicotine but also behaviours associated with it. Certain activities will trigger your need to smoke, some of these include:

  • Drinking alcohol, this habit may lead to substance abuse
  • Drinking coffee
  • Being around other people who smoke
  • High levels of stress and pressure at work
  • After eating
  • A way to relax and unwind
  • Overcome boredom or anger
  • Driving
  • Managing weight

Pinpointing these will allow a smoker to stop and live a healthier lifestyle. It also helps to remove any visual reminder of smoking. Throw out old empty packets, lighters, ashtrays or cigarettes. An addictive behaviour is difficult to stop on your own. You will need help from others, whether by joining a program with a support group or telling your loved ones.

Certain times will lead you to think about lighting a cigarette because of the feeling of withdrawal. In such cases, try to distract yourself with fun activities that do not involve smoking. Look out for your smoking trigger habits and try to change for other activities to replace it. You will develop an addiction to other interests and slowly replace your smoking triggers for something healthier.

Contact us today to find out how you can finally free yourself of your tobacco addiction for good!