• Jonathan Shiek

5 Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

Giving up smoking is perhaps one of the toughest things to do. I mean just think about it for a second… stepping out, pulling out that box of ciggies while giving it a few unnecessary taps (waking up the lung cancer apparently), yanking out that stick and lighting it with a ‘borrowed’ lighter. Then, you take that first drag and ‘poof’ you feel as though your brain just woke up for the first time ever…ecstasy!

That said, we all know the detrimental effects smoking has on us and yet, we just can’t seem to resist the temptation as mentioned above and even when we do intend on quitting this pointless and expensive habit, we just can’t seem to find it in us to do so.

Well here are 5 tried and tested ways that you can put an end to smoking once and for all.

1. Try Flavored Toothpicks 

Credits: Flavor Forest

To cull the after-meal-smoke itch, you could opt to nibble on a flavored toothpick. If you aren’t too keen on having a toothpick stuck in your mouth the entire time, you could also try gum.

2. Change Your Entire Routine

Humans are creatures of habit. When we fall into a rut, we tend to stay in it as it is basically our ‘comfort zone’. So in order to get rid of the nasty habit of smoking, try changing your daily routine entirely. For instance, when you go to work, take a different route and above all, avoid going to the same places where you’d normally go for a puff.

3. Keep Yourself Occupied

Perhaps the best way to distract yourself from the urge of smoking is to ensure that your mind is always focused on something. By doing so, you are technically creating a substitute for smoking in your mind therefore the urge to go for a smoke is less likely to come up. You can try doing crossword puzzles or writing at times, when you would normally go for a smoke.

4. Change Your Mindset

Rather than considering yourself as someone who has ‘quit smoking’, start thinking that you are a ‘non-smoker’ to begin with. Having this type of mindset would significantly help you combat any smoking urges. In addition, you should also play that part of a non-smoker. Try emulating their behaviors such as avoiding people who smoke as well as areas where smokers frequent… just don’t be so obnoxious about it.

5. Cold Turkey

This is honestly the least recommended tip to follow as the chance of a relapse is significantly higher and don’t even get me started on the withdrawals. At the same time, it is also the best way to quit smoking altogether. By quitting cold turkey, you are essentially telling yourself that you are strong enough to fight any and all temptations. It gives you ample mental strength to deal with the challenges of living a smoke-free lifestyle.


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