An important part of keeping a positive attitude is learning how to deal with social situations that can make it difficult for you to not smoke. Remember, quitting smoking is an important step for your well-being. While many people will want to help you, some might make it more difficult, whether they know it or not.
This is especially true for people who don’t know you and offer you a cigarette, or others who don’t know that you quit smoking. You may also find that some smokers just haven’t recognized how lethal smoking is and think they’re being a good friend by offering you a cigarette. The key to overcoming this roadblock first knows how to say no. There are many ways to do this, but the best way is to keep a positive tone and say no with confidence and grace.
This advice applies to situations in which people are not being as sensitive as you’d like them to be. Negative interactions can pull you back into smoking. But you needn’t deal with negative interactions in a negative manner. Communication is a two-way street. Try to keep it positive, for both of you. This means learning and practicing effective communication and keeping an upbeat tone.
In this article, we’ll give you some tools for building your confidence in dealing with social situations that might tempt you to smoke. Learning how to say no and responding with a positive tone when someone offers you a cigarette can keep you firm in your decision to not smoke and can prevent stressful situations.
Saying no to cigarettes is one of the most important ways you can stay smoke-free. There are many ways to say it and the more you say it, the easier it will become. The key is striking a balance between being firm and keeping it light. Different situations will call for different responses. The one constant thing, however, is that you be sure to stay calm. It might be more fun than you think.
‘No’ is such a simple word, but it can have a considerable effect on your life. Saying no to a cigarette is a way of saying yes to your health. It is a way to nurture and take care of you. Think of all the effort you have put into quitting smoking. A little no can go a long way in keeping it that way.
Below are some examples of different ways you might say no when someone offers you a cigarette:
– Simple and straightforward: ‘Thanks, but I would rather not. I quit’.
– Nice, but firm: ‘Thanks, but I quit smoking. If you wouldn’t mind, please don’t offer me a cigarette again’.
– Humorous: “I’m sorry I can’t. I am training for the Olympics and my coach said it wouldn’t be good for me.”