How many cigarettes do you smoke per day? When are you most likely to smoke? What are your smoking triggers—those unexpected people or events that send you reaching for a cigarette?
Maybe you want to quit smoking. Maybe you don’t. Either way, understanding your patterns and routines can be a huge step toward taking control of your smoking—whatever that means to you.
Tracking your smoking is one of the ways to start exploring your patterns. It’s also a great way to get real about how much, when, and why you smoke. You may be surprised to find out that you smoke more or less than you thought you did, or that there are certain times of day that you’re especially likely to smoke.
There are lots of ways you can track smoking, including apps like Pivot, the simple notes feature on your smartphone, or good old-fashioned paper and pen. Each time you smoke, take note of the number of cigarettes, time of day, and reasons for smoking (reasons being anything from “just a regular smoke break” to “got really stressed out in traffic this morning”).
Try it out for a few days, and see what you learn!