Smoking Triggers

I always tell my clients at quit smoking in 60 minutes in Capalaba that their smoking is a habit. This is proved by the fact that everyone who smokes associates the act of smoking with the things that they do in their day and lives. There are certain things that trigger off the need to smoke.

Some of the more common things that trigger smoking are coffee, after meals, stress, and boredom, driving and drinking alcohol. These are by no means all the triggers for smoking and they vary from the ordinary to the downright strange.

What I have noticed is […]


I was recently talking to someone who has quit smoking and they were remarking on the mind chatter that is going on. They said that it was constant and whilst it seemed to go away when they were busy the moment they were not the mind chatter came back and it was really hard to stay on track with quitting.
Smoking is a habit that lies in the unconscious mind and smokers train themselves well unconsciously to smoke with cartain circumstances ie: boredom, drinking etc. If this unconscious habit is not addressed in the unconscoius mind it results in mind chatter […]

Old Habits Die Hard

Smoking is a habit and not an addiction. It’s often a strong habit as it is often associated with fitting in and survival. Pavlov was a Russian psychologist that trained dogs by ringing a bell when he fed them. Eventually he got to the stage that when he rang the bell the dogs would salivate and expect food. You see he trained them well.
As smokers this is exactly what you have done. You have trained yourself well to smoke with certain circumstances and triggers. You have trained yourself to smoke when you get stressed, drink alcohol, after meals etc. millions […]

Tipping Point

It’s important to have reached the tipping point when you want to quit smoking. Not the physical tipping point where your body has been damaged and you need to quit! The mental tipping point when you feel ready, the point when your want to outweighs your need to.
A lot of people come to me to quit smoking but they have been motivated by the things that are going on in their lives. Their lives are out of balance from things such as marriage failure, anxiety and stress etc.
When you are in situations such as this you really need to balance […]

Time Out

Everybody who smokes connects the act of smoking with some activity in their life, these are called triggers as they are the activities that trigger a person to smoke. A lot of people that I see tell me that one of the triggers for them to smoke is to have time out. Taking the time to smoke gives them a break from the activity that they are currently doing. The movement of bringing a cigarette to the mouth also gives a calming effect.

Deep breathing can give the same effect. Instead of taking time out to smoke a cigarette, take the time […]

Smoking and Triggers

Smoking is often associated with an activity in life. In other words people will smoke when they are doing certain tasks, these are called triggers. To Quit Smoking successfully these triggers have to be identified and then broken. A common way of breaking smoking triggers or dissociating smoking from activities is to use hypnosis and NLP. Some of the more common triggers are:

Smoking after a meal
Smoking with coffee or tea
Smoking whilst driving
Smoking when stressed or bored
Smoking at parties
Smoking when drinking
Smoking after sex
Smoking whilst talking on the phone