Having been a smoker myself, I know how very hard this is to do. It’s almost unthinkable. Right? Well, I had a hard time stopping until the day my husband bought a new car, and I was told I couldn’t smoke in the car anymore. I couldn’t believe my ears, but I decided maybe this will be a good chance for me to quit the habit. By golly, this forced me to smoke my last cigarette elsewhere and I never bought another pack of cigarettes.
Pretty soon, the Food and Drug Association is planning to have horrifying pictures, showing what harm smoking can do to a person, placed on each cigarette package to discourage the new smokers. Let’s see if smokers can stop the habit on their own without having to look at these pictures.
The following are some ideas to get smokers to stop. Stay away from places and situations in which you’re used to smoking. I used to smoke in the Teacher’s Lunch Room until one day there was a rule that there was to be no more smoking in the Lunch Room. So what did I do? I went down the basement into the Broiler Room, but that was such an unpleasant situation, that I had to stop smoking during lunch time.
If you smoked while talking on the phone, clean the phone so it won’t smell like tobacco. You don’t need to be reminded, do you? Before you start dialing or when you answer the phone, make sure that your pack of cigarettes are far, far away from your reach. Get rid of other reminders, such ashtrays, lighters, etc.
Do something to take your mind off of smoking. Go for a run. Do something with your hands, or eat something that is non-fattening.
Hang out with non-smokers. There’ll be less impulse to light up when someone else doesn’t smoke
Try hypnosis, acupuncture, nicotine substitutes, such as gum, transdermal patches. Ask your doctor or friends who have stopped smoking, to give you some suggestions.
Call the American Cancer Society, or talk with your health care team about information on self-help kits, classes, and support groups for people who are trying to quit smoking.
Think of all the money you could save if you stopped smoking. Each week put the money that you saved by not buying a package of cigarettes. After a month, buy something or do something that you really would like to have or do with the money you saved. If you still have a great desire to smoke after the first month or so, do this again. Save the money you would have spent on cigarettes and do something with it.
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