Trigger Tracker Tool

For each trigger, write down how you think you can separate from it. Remember, you don't have to give up the tobacco that goes with it entirely. Just don't automatically smoke the second the trigger hits. Wait a few minutes and then light up. The next time, wait a few more minutes and so on.

It might seem hard at first, because the two have gone together for so long. But the more separation you can put between your triggers and your tobacco, the more you'll be breaking the "glue" that holds them together.

What Does It Mean to Separate from Your Triggers?

Reminder: all that means is putting a little time between the tobacco trigger and the tobacco. Once you've got some ideas on how to separate your triggers from tobacco, it's time to practice them before you quit for good.

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What can you do to separate from this smoking trigger?

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Thinking about using e-cigarettes to help you separate from your smoking triggers? Studies provide limited evidence that e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can help people to stop smoking. However, if you want to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking, it is important to stop using all combustible tobacco products (cigarettes, pipes, cigars). For more information on e-cigarettes, click here.

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