The actual act of smoking gets connected with SO many things a person does throughout the day, like drinking coffee, taking a break, having alone time, rewarding themselves, having a beer, or hanging out with friends. These become what's called the behavioural and social aspects of cigarette use, and they're highly rewarding for a smoker. Learning about triggers can help immensely.
Common social obstacles can include:
Lack of social support and lack of family/whanau support.
Not wanting to offend. Social cultural norms often mean that accepting cigarettes from friends is a token of friendship. Remember, you're a good role model and doing family and friends a great service by showing them that change is possible. That said, don't let them pull you back into the life you’re leaving behind.
What else helps?
Breathing techniques, avoiding friends and or workmates who smoke and situations that might make you want to smoke, especially in the first day, first week and first month. It gets easier after that. Learning to say no to offers or temptations is advisable. Cutting down on, or ideally avoiding drinking alcohol in the first 2 weeks is a great idea. Reducing caffeine by half is an absolute necessity and so is
committing to not one puff ever. (N.O.P.E.)