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Health eReport - November 2017 Health e-Report

NOV17

Stay smoke-free

You can stay smoke-free. Follow these tips to help you stay on track. If you are a smoker who is considering quitting, visit smokfree.gov for guidance on creating a smoking quit plan.

  1. Identify your triggers. Triggers are the things, people or situations that make you want to smoke. Most triggers fall into one of four categories: emotional, pattern, social or withdrawal. Triggers have a powerful draw, even years after quitting smoking. Being mindful of your triggers can help you develop ways to deal with them.
  2. Celebrate your accomplishments. Treat yourself to regular rewards for remaining smoke-free.
  3. Find a way to beat your cravings. Make a list of alternate activities you can try when you are tempted to smoke. This list could include activities like deep breathing, taking a walk or doing chores.
  4. Get support. Enlist help from your friends, family and coworkers.  Be specific about how they can support you in your attempt to remain smoke-free. Will they be willing to talk to you when a craving hits? Can they help you plan a smoke-free night out? You may also try chatting with a smoking cessation counselor or signing up for SmokefreeTXT to receive 24/7 support via text sent to your phone. 


Sources:
“How to Manage Cravings.” Smokefree.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, smokefree.gov/challenges-when-quitting/cravings-triggers/how-manage-cravings.
“Know Your Smoking Triggers.” Smokefree.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, smokefree.gov/challenges-when-quitting/cravings-triggers/know-your-smoking-triggers.