. . . Identifying Your Smoking Triggers


When you want to quit smoking cigarettes, one of the things you need to address is why you smoke and what your smoking triggers are.

If you have been smoking for a while, you will have built up quite a few associations between smoking and other activities in your life. When these associated activities or events happen, you automatically reach for a cigarette. That is your subconscious mind working for (or in this case against) you.

If you are serious about your plans to quit smoking cigarettes, you should try to identify as many of these smoking triggers as you can. If you know what they are and why you smoke, you can work out ways to avoid the triggers or find other ways to fill that need in your life. That way you will be less likely to be tempted to smoke again after you have quit.

Way back when I was a smoker, there were quite a few triggers for me. Many of them were so ingrained that I did not make a conscious decision to light up, it was just automatic.

I would get in the car and automatically light up when I was waiting at the first set of lights.

I would have a cigarette every morning while walking from the bus stop to the office, and again at morning tea time.

I would use smoking as an excuse to take a break from the tense atmosphere in the office, and to break up those non-stop meetings during the day.

After lunch, with coffee, when I got home, when I got bored, one last smoke before bed…

Why You Smoke Without Conscious Thought – What are Your Smoking Triggers?

  • Boredom / When not engaged in doing something.
  • Filling in time when you have nothing to do.
  • As a reward after completing a task
  • As a motivator to do a task.
  • Coffee
  • With drinks ( alcohol ).
  • With meals / After meals / Instead of eating.
  • Smell of cigarette smoke
  • Being offered a cigarette
  • After seeing Anti smoking adds.
  • Before work / Work breaks / After work.
  • Getting in the car / Driving anywhere / driving to work / Long car trips / Just sitting in your car.
  • Insomnia / Frustration at trying to get to sleep.
  • To deal with confrontation / When Angry / When afraid.
  • To relieve stress ( general ) / Work or relationship stress.
  • To feel calm and secure / To feel good
  • When feeling overwhelmed / When depressed.
  • Before sex / After sex.
  • Rebelling against doing something you are told to do and/or that you do not want to do.
  • To deal with the demands of clients / customers / Family.
  • When you get up in the morning / When you go to bed at night.
  • When your having lapses or trouble concentrating.
  • When you are talking on the phone / When you hear the phone ring.
  • When watching TV / When watching a movie.
  • When using your computer.
  • To relax and unwind.
  • To help make decisions.
  • For emotional support.
  • When socialising.

Please feel free to add any of your triggers that I have missed, to this post below. Interesting isn’t it.

Do you even know why you smoke each of those cigarettes? How many times a day do you have a cigarette without actually thinking about it, when you are completely unaware of what you are doing until you notice that the lit cigarette in your hand?

That is why quitting cold turkey is so difficult.

Think about it – how can you choose to quit cigarettes, a decision that occurs in your conscious mind, when your smoking seems to happen without your (conscious) knowledge or consent?

That is where the advanced hypnosis and NLP techniques come in. The Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes method brings your subconscious mind into the equation, as that is the part of your mind that is really in control.

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