When the act of smoking is examined as a response to a few observable physical cues, quitting and staying quit become simple skills that anyone can quickly learn.

 

 

 

Have you ever gotten angry and reached for a cigarette or felt anxious and wanted to smoke? Have you been bored and found yourself lighting one cigarette after another? Have you started and finished tasks with a cigarette? Do you smoke when you’re on the phone, at the computer, or driving? How long after you’ve put out a cigarette do you feel the need to light another?

Many of the cigarettes you light in a day are tied to situations and experiences that have nothing to do with a sagging nicotine level. The common elements are physical cues or, body cues. These typically include changes in breathing and muscle tension. Smoking became a very effective response to observable body cues regardless of their source - anger, boredom, fatigue, etc or nicotine withdrawal. Understanding this connection between the physical experience of life and a smoking response is the key to creating new non-smoking responses.

 

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