Reasons for Smoking
People usually have many reasons for smoking. Typically nicotine and cigarette addiction affects the body physically, psychologically, and behaviorally. Social reasons also contribute to many people continuing to smoke. Smoking is giving you some sort of benefit so; use the ideas below to help you identify those benefits. This will help you in identifying strategies to help you quit smoking.
Print the page and put a check mark by the statements that fit for you. Use the lines below each category to add your own ideas.
First let's identify some Physical reasons you may smoke.
- I smoke to keep from slowing down.
- Smoking gets me going in the morning.
- I get cravings for a cigarette if it's been too long.
- I am very aware of times that I can not smoke.
Let's next identify some Emotional reasons for smoking.
- I smoke when I feel "blue" or want to take my mind off of things.
- I enjoy the taste/smell/steps of lighting up, etc.
- I smoke when I feel stressed out.
Many people identify that smoking is just a Habit.
- Smoking keeps my hands busy.
- Sometimes I realize I'm smoking and don't remember lighting up.
- I always have a cigarette while drinking coffee/drinking alcohol/after eating.
Through people I've counseled, I know there often is a strong Social connection for smoking. See if any of these statements fit you.
- I often use "bumming" a cigarette as an excuse to talk to someone.
- Most of my friends/family/co-workers smoke.
- I find it's easier to talk to someone if I have a cigarette.
After working through these questions, star the section(s) that you seem to have the most answers or reasons to use. This will help you find the areas you can focus on strategies to quit.
For Physical reasons, focus on discussing the
quit smoking aids
that are available with your health care provider. Also getting active with exercise and learning relaxation techniques, which are covered in
, will be especially important for you.
If you smoke most commonly for Emotional reasons, then you can benefit from focusing on relaxation and stress management techniques, including exercise. It will be important to recognize emotional triggers and plan substitute coping methods found in
If you found that Habit or behavioral reasons are your most frequent reason for smoking, then you should focus heavily on changing routines and finding substitute coping methods that will satisfy you in a healthier way. These are discussed more in
of the program.
Finally, if you found that Social situations tend to get you to smoke more, then you may want to consider avoiding social situations where smoking is allowed until you feel comfortable with the coping methods that you have developed in
. So, if smoking is allowed in bars or restaurants in your area, you might seek out non-smoking establishments. You should also consider getting support from your non-smoking friends and family. Be sure to tell them how they can best help you.
This quit smoking program was developed to help you plan and deal with ALL of your reasons for smoking.
Back from Reasons for Smoking to Step 1 home