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Being around other smokersSetting boundaries and being prepared

Being around other smokers when you quit smoking can be a difficult trigger, especially if you used to smoke with them. Think about setting boundaries and making some adjustments...



Ask the smokers in your life to:

Respect you

That you have stopped smoking

Not smoke

No smoking around you

Keep tobacco out of sight

No cigarette packs and empty their ashtrays

Take their cigarettes with them

When they leave your home

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Respect you

That you have stopped smoking

Not smoke

No smoking around you

Keep tobacco out of sight

No cigarette packs and empty their ashtrays

Take their cigarettes with them

When they leave your home

Tasks for you:

Make your home and car smoke-free zones

If it’s not possible to have a smoke-free home, find one smoke-free place for yourself.

Always remember your reasons for stopping smoking

Your reasons will help you through tough times.

Stay clear

Don’t buy, carry, light, or hold cigarettes for others.

Cravings

Have something for hand-to-mouth cravings (your quit kit).

Avoid

When others light up, leave. Don’t return until they are done.

Remember

You are a nonsmoker, practice turning down an offer of a cigarette. “No thanks, I’ve stopped smoking” usually works.

Make your home and car smoke–free zones

If it’s not possible to have a smoke–free home, find one smoke–free place for yourself.

Always remember your reasons for stopping smoking

Your reasons will help you through tough times.

Stay clear

Don’t buy, carry, light, or hold cigarettes for others.

Cravings

Have something for hand-to-mouth cravings (your quit kit).

Avoid

When others light up, leave. Don’t return until they are done.

Remember

You are a nonsmoker, practice turning down an offer of a cigarette. “No thanks, I’ve stopped smoking” usually works.


Quit Kit: Try - Snacks – licorice, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds can calm feelings of hunger and offer a low-calorie snack. Activities – deep breathing (Breathe in slowly through your nose and out through your mouth. Count to four with each inhale and exhale. Repeat for 5- minutes.), word puzzles or a stress ball can provide distraction during cravings too! Cravings – keeping toothpicks or cinnamon sticks in your mouth can provide hand-to-mouth craving relief. Chew or hold these in your mouth when you feel a craving.
Last updated 8/9/2021 3:41 PM
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