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Identify Your Triggers

What makes you want to smoke?

Triggers are high-risk situations that make you want to smoke. They could stem from an emotion or situation that causes you to grab your pack and light up.

When smokers analyze why they smoke, just seconds before they light the cigarette, they find that much of it is simply out of habit. That “habit” is actually the triggers hard at work, encouraging you to satisfy your brain’s need for more nicotine.

It’s important to think about what your triggers are before you start the process to quit smoking. That way, when you are in that situation or feeling a certain emotion, it will raise a red flag in your mind as a very dangerous situation that could make you give in and smoke. If you let your guard down to a trigger, you could slip (single occurrence of the behavior) or in the worst case, relapse (return to former behavior of smoking).

Here are some classic examples of triggers. Once you identify that something is a trigger for you, be sure to come up with some solutions on how you aren’t going to let your addiction get the best of you. Read more about how to manage your cravings.

Potential Triggers


  • Stress
  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Excessive happiness
  • Temptation
  • Sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Boredom


  • Celebration
  • Death
  • Around meals
  • Being with friends who smoke
  • Being in a place where you used to smoke
  • When you are hungry
  • When you are tired
  • Alcohol
  • Being around cigarettes and other smoking paraphernalia

There are many other things that can contribute to your desire to smoke. For other examples or to figure out what triggers you and how to overcome them, we'll give you a call or you can dial 1-866-QUIT-YES.

Ever wonder what it would be like to spend more time with the ones you love? Well, you can. Quitting tobacco will pay off big time when you ultimately get to cherish those special moments with those closest to you.