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15 Strategies for Mindful Smoking

Sometimes clients we work with just don’t want to quit smoking. Or they are not yet ready to quit. That’s common and normal. But they always seem to be ready to cut back a bit, mostly for health reasons.

This kind of cutting back or harm reduction makes sense (we’ll write about the harm reduction paradigm in a separate post). It’s a legitimate existential choice. Whether it’s a temporary postponement of abstinence or an open-ended tour in the clouds of smoke, it is but one of the infinite ways of living life on earth. And, as far as we are concerned, if that’s what you consciously choose, that’s as legitimate as anything else. You aren’t a kid; you know what your priorities are, so follow them without looking back, with the dignity of a self-made mind.

If you decided to take the path of harm reduction, either as a short-term mindful-smoking sabbatical (as you gear up for the next attempt at quitting) or an open-ended, long-term harm-reduction commitment, you will have to learn how to get more out of less.

To do so, you’ll have to shift from mindless smoking to mindful smoking.  Here are 15 strategies to consider (from Smoke-Free  Smoke Break).

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15 Strategies for Mindful Smoking

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  1. And that is how you provide information to an addict- with respect and without shame. This was the very first article i’ve ever read about smoking. All other attempts to get my attention were purposely ignored and any helpful information they may have contained was lost on me and other like minded smokers of which there are many. Thank you.

  2. Five years later, just wanted to say that this is the best article I’ve found on mindful smoking. Well written and full of great ideas to help alleviate the mindless chain smoking I subject myself to. Thank you!
    Someone should really make a guided meditation to go along with a cigarette…


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