Published on Feb 28, 2014
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Video discusses the fact that people may get thoughts for cigarettes after quitting and how we have numerous resources to help former smokers minimize the problems that these thoughts may pose. The following videos explores the different causes and solution to these thoughts or craves.
Difference between physical and psychological urges
Video discusses how while the intensity between the psychological thoughts for cigarettes weeks or months into your quit may feel very much like the physical urges you may have encountered in the beginning of your quit, that there is an important difference in the two states.
Fixating on a cigarette
Video discusses how people often fixate on the desire to have "a good" cigarette.
"How long before I don't want a cigarette?"
Video discusses how experience is what is going to dictate how long it is before you can do certain activities without smoking, not time. Covers some of the same concepts as smoking triggers filmed a few days before, but I believe more people will look up this title because it is a question often asked by people first quitting.
"Will I ever stop thinking of cigarettes?"
Most people overestimate how much of a battle staying smoke free will be once they quit smoking. This video discusses how people will generally stop thinking about smoking, and much sooner than they usually think.
Video discussing why triggers can often create thoughts for cigarettes over time.
Tell a newbie how many seconds a day you want a cigarette
Video introduces the Freedom from Nicotine thread that has hundreds of members describe the frequency and intensity of thoughts for cigarettes that they have over varying lengths of time after having quit smoking.
Avoiding situations where you used to smoke
Video discusses the importance of facing triggers head on as opposed to the natural inclination of many to avoid situations where they used to smoke.
Summer seasonal triggers
Video discusses how a national holiday or change of seasons may result in a temporary increase of thoughts for cigarettes.
Change of season triggers - the fall
Video discussed how change of season events and conditions may result in a temporary increase of thoughts for cigarettes.
Holidays that result in three day weekends
While discussing labor day and fall kind of changes, issues discussed in this video applies to lots of holidays and situations like three day weekends and the end of vacations for recent quitters.
Be prepared for holiday triggers
While filmed on Thanksgiving 2011, video relates to how any holiday or special annual event can result in more smoking thoughts than normal, and the importance of being mentally prepared for the occurrence of such thoughts
Longer-term quitters who say they are having "Bad Days"
Video discusses how longer-term quitters sometimes lose perspective of what really constitutes a bad day when it comes to thoughts for cigarettes.
"The only time I think of smoking is when I get one of your stupid letters"
Video discusses how I used to send out follow-up letter to make sure that my clinic graduates were prepared to deal with the occasional thoughts that they would likely encounter after quitting smoking.
Freedom from Nicotine thread titled "Craves and thoughts that occur over time" that has numerous articles and commentaries addressing why these thought happen and how to overcome them: