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Being Around Other Smokers After Quitting Smoking

You may encounter resistance among friends and family who are smokers. They may not be supportive of your efforts to quit smoking and they may not understand how much of an impact their behavior can have on your efforts to quit smoking. In order to quit smoking and stay quit ask others to help in your efforts to quit smoking. Give them specific things they can do that are helpful (such as not smoking around you). Also, let them know what kind of things that are not helpful (like asking you to have a cigarette with them).

If you are in a group of people and others start to smoke, excuse yourself, and don’t go back until they are done smoking. Don’t hold cigarettes or smoking related items for others and don’t buy cigarettes of others. When you quit smoking you may feel sad being around people whom are smoking. Try not to feel sad; remember the reasons why you want to quit and what you will gain by quitting smoking.

You may want to analyze situations in which watching others smoke triggers your urge to smoke. Figure out what it is about that situation that makes you want to smoke. Once you determine situations that trigger your urge to smoke you can begin to deal with them rationally. Nicotine cravings may be reduced by using nicotine replacement products, which deliver small, steady doses of nicotine into the body. Nicotine replacement products such as, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenges, appear to be equally effective.

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