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Can I recover from nicotine addiction if my workplace isn't smoke-free?

If you want to quit smoking you can regardless of what is going on in your workplace.  The key is going to be to avoid the places where the smokers are hanging out. At break time go for a walk and find alternative activities that keep you away from the smoking places. Support through counseling and support groups might be very helpful.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

You can recover from nicotine addiction even if your boss lets people smoke on the job. As of 2006, the  most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 14 states had laws prohibiting smoking in private workplaces. But the fact is, I don't think it will be very long before all workplaces become smoke-free.

While there isn't a national policy yet, more states are adopting laws that affect smoking policies in and around the places where people work because of the dangers of secondhand smoke. Some workplaces have a smoking ban right outside the office entrance, while others have designated areas or rooms where smokers can go.

Regardless of your companies policy, you can practice some fairly good avoidance strategies when the people around you light up. Maybe you'll be the one who convinces your boss to adopt a smoking ban at your workplace. Isn't it worth a try?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
You can recover from nicotine addiction even if your workplace isn't smoke-free. Let co-workers know that you've quit, and ask for their encouragement. Also, limit your contact with co-workers who smoke while you’re trying to get over your nicotine cravings. If they light up around you, walk away. Find something else to do during the time you usually take a smoking break, like exercising at your desk or taking a quick walk around the block. Your doctor can recommend treatments to take the edge off your cravings, as well as counseling and support groups.

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