Avoid sitting with smokers
It’s easy to get drawn into social smoking, so try and avoid sitting with groups of smokers. Second hand smoke is still dangerous and could tempt you.
Tell your friends
Get your friends to help you quit. They can keep you away from social smoking situations and make sure your smoking friends don’t offer you cigarettes.
Keep yourself busy and entertained with other things when you’re socialising.
Stick to indoor, public places
It’s much easier to avoid smoking when you’re socialising with friends inside – like a bar or restaurant - where smoking isn’t allowed.
Have a plan
Before you go out, have an idea of what to do if you get a craving. Can your friends step in and distract you, or will that be when you decide to go home?
Use a quit smoking tool
One of the best ways to avoid picking up a cigarette when you’re out socialising is to use a quit smoking tool. See what works for you below.
Using an e-cigarette can give you something to hold like a normal cigarette, which is great if you need to keep your hands busy and distracted.
Chewing nicotine gum is a discrete way to keep your cravings at bay and is available in two different strengths to help with your addiction.
Use nicotine spray for the fastest way to get nicotine into your blood stream. It’s great if you get sudden urge to smoke and need something quick.
Champix and Zyban are tablets that you take regularly to prevent cravings. If you take them as prescribed, you shouldn’t feel like you want a cigarette.