Do you smoke and gamble? Research suggests that the smoking rate is high amongst gamblers, but why and what can you do about it?
Why?

Many people say they find smoking relaxing and that it helps them to feel better, particularly when they feel stressed out. 

You might find that when you are worrying about something you smoke more to calm down. 

This may happen when:

  • You are feeling pressure financially
  • Having relationship difficulties 
  • Stressed about the next big win  

This is not unusual and if you are trying to stop gambling, your urge to smoke may increase. How about checking out some of our Self Help Strategies which will help you stop gambling and take your mind off smoking as well.

Habits

Perhaps smoking and gambling at the same time has become a habit? Many gambling facilities include places for people to smoke, as there is such a strong correlation between smoking and gambling.

Habits can be challenging to change, but becoming aware is the first step.

It is worth watching to see if there is a pattern between when you gamble and when you smoke. You might find that when you spend more money than planned, you feel stressed and your smoking increases. 

Watch the pattern and make a change

If you are concerned about the relationship between gambling and smoking, you can

  • Think about how when you smoke and gamble. Write it down.
  • Identify times when you smoke more and try cutting down. Limit yourself by taking fewer cigarettes with you.
  • Take regular breaks. When you are smoking and gambling you can try to set yourself limits. Write it down before you leave the house.
  • Go for a walk. Some people find that exercising, even very lightly, reduces the urge to smoke.
  • Close your eyes and take a few breaths.

Everybody is different, so it is good to find strategies that will work for you.

For some specific ways to quit cigarettes go to: www.quit.org.au they can supply you with information, support or referral to services in your State.

Next Steps 

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