DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND QUIT SMOKING!

  1. Staying busy is one of the best ways to stay smoke-free. Try one these activities: chew gum or hard candy, keep your hands busy with a pen or toothpick, go to dinner at your favorite smoke-free restaurant.
  2. Quitting smoking happens one minute, one hour, and one day at a time. Don’t think of quitting as “forever”. Reward yourself for being smoke-free for 24 hours. You deserve it! If you are not feeling prepared to quit today, set a Quit date that makes sense for you. It’s okay if you need a few more days to prepare to quit smoking.
  3. Stay positive, but be careful. Quitting smoking is difficult, but it does’nt hurt to say positive; don’t beat yourself up. Pay attention to it right now and the days will add up! Day one isn’t going to be perfect, but all that matters is you don’t smoke – not even one puff.
  4. Tell your friends and family that today you are quitting smoking. Ask them for support during these first few days and weeks. They can help you get through the rough spots, but make sure to tell them how they can support you. Be specific; they are not mind readers.
  5. Try e-cigarette! These electronic cigarettes have a huge success rate in enabling you to quit. Research shows that they have six-month abstinence rates – nearly double those for traditional nicotine replacement products.
  6. Drink plenty of acidic fruit juice the first three days. Cranberry is excellent and will cost you just as much as a pack of cigarettes. Replace your cigarette breaks at work with juice breaks. However, take care after 3 days, as juices can be fattening.
  7. Make sure you don’t skip your meals. When smoking, the nicotine allowed you to skip meals without experiencing wild cravings. Spreading out your calorie intake throughout the day, will rid you of any cravings.
  8. When setting your goals, don’t say that you will quit ‘forever’. This seemingly impossible task is what will get you back to smoking. Instead set small, short goals like a month and then slowly keep increasing it.
  9. First of all, you need to realize that it is an addiction you are dealing with. If you think that it’s just a ‘nasty’ habit, and that one more puff will not be a hindrance, you’re wrong! There is no such thing as one puff.
  10. Smoking Triggers are the people, places, things, and situations that trigger your urge to smoke. Throw away your cigarette, lighters and ash trays, Avoid caffeine and drink water, Hang out with non-smokers, visit places where smoking is prohibited, get plenty of rest, and Eat healthy.

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