Smoking Meditation: Day 11

Puff Dynamics


Back in the late 1970s, researchers used “miniature flowmeters” that were “actually incorporated into the cigarette” to study puff dynamics. They noted that most smokers “reduce their puff volume after the first three or four” puffs and that “under conditions of stress, both puff duration and puff interval were shortened.”

As you smoke today, take note of these puff dynamics. Pay attention to how your “puff volume” varies in the course of smoking any given cigarette. Do you indeed begin with deeper puffs and later render them more shallow? Do you tend to take quicker and shallower puffs when you feel stressed? Is there a difference in your puff dynamics depending on whether you are tense or relaxed when you begin smoking? Smoke on that to infuse your smoking behavior with a dose of mindfulness.

Read the Original/Introductory post (for context)

Adapted from Smoke-Free Smoke Break (Pavel Somov, Ph.D. & Marla Somova, Ph.D., New Harbinger Publications, 2012)

reference: Thornton 1978, 394

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    Last reviewed: 14 Jun 2013

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2013). Smoke Mindfully to Quit Mindfully: Day 11: Puff Dynamics. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 28, 2015, from


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