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When you quit smoking, you may find it difficult to be around people who still smoke. Until you're sure that you've won your battle against smoking, avoid smoky environments. Rather than go to bars or casinos, where smoking is abundant, stick to smoke-free locales, such as movie theaters and no-smoking restaurants.
In June 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a comprehensive report about secondhand smoke. This research showed that indoor smoking sections — even those with special ventilation — were inadequate for preventing secondhand smoke exposure.
The report called for additional legislation to limit smoking in public places. The Surgeon General echoed many health experts by saying there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Because of the effects of secondhand smoke, many state governments have limited where smoking is allowed in public. For example, smoking is banned in department stores, libraries, theaters, museums and churches. These laws work to your advantage now that you have joined the legions of smoke-free Americans.
Try to limit your exposure to environmental tobacco smoke as much as possible, as this may trigger a nicotine craving. If you have friends who smoke, stay out of their homes until you are sure the smell will not make you want to light up.