Challenging situations can include stress, social gatherings, or boredom. Learn new strategies to help you navigate these difficult situations and increase your chances of success.


Alcohol and Social Gatherings

Alcohol is the single biggest reason that people have slips or go back to regular smoking. 

  • Avoid alcohol for the first few weeks of your quit. You will have a greater chance for success if you can avoid drinking until the withdrawal has passed and you feel more in control of your cravings
  • If you decide to drink alcohol, try cutting down. Consider alternating alcohol with a non-alcoholic drink
  • Plan an exit strategy. When drinking or attending big social events, be ready to leave if you are feeling under stress or feel a craving coming on
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Being Around People Who Smoke

Being around other people who smoke can be  a major trigger nicotine cravings and is a common reason for slips.

  • Ask your friends to support your quit. If you have friends who smoke, ask them not to offer you a cigarette, even if you ask for one. And ask that they do not smoke around you
  • Take nicotine gum, lozenges or other NRT to an event where you know there will be other people smoking. This will help reduce the cravings
  • Ask for backup. If you know you will be socializing with friends who smoke, enlist the help of a friend who does not smoke to ensure you do not cave to a craving
  • If at all possible, avoid people who smoke. This is especially important at the beginning of your quit when you are still experiencing strong withdrawal and cravings