Holiday. Social gathering. Meeting new people. Being somewhere unfamiliar and having to stay there for hours. Can you say "social anxiety"?
I realized that in the past I'd use cigarette breaks as a way to briefly escape social pressure. I mentioned it to my stepdaughter and we went outside together. She smoked; I did not. Thought about it, but wasn't actually tempted.
My hostess (stepdaughter's boyfriend's mother ) automatically handed me a glass of wine. I hadn't had any wine the whole time I've been a nonsmoker. I drank it. It did create a little smoking trigger for awhile, so I didn't have a second glass. But again, I mentioned it and it was okay.
I find that as long as I acknowledge and talk about what's happening, I can more easily stay not smoking. And while I think about smoking and feel the temptation sometimes, I don't really want to smoke and that's making all the difference.