Ten Ways To Get Rid Of Smoking Temptations In Your Life

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When you decide to quit, get rid of all smoking related paraphernalia. Toss out your lighters, crumple up and throw away your cigarettes, and give away your ashtray collection. Do not keep anything inside the house that you use for smoking. Be certain to clean out all areas that may hold some stray cigarettes, such as the glove compartment of your car, your desk at work, or your purse and jacket.

?When taking a break at work, is may have become an ingrained habit to go outside for a smoke with your coworkers. It is time to come up with a new and equally enjoyable routine that incorporates the interactions with coworkers while staying far away from the smoke and cigarettes. Perhaps make new acquaintances in the break room with your non-smoking coworkers. Or perhaps this will be a great time for a quick and refreshing walk around the block to stretch a little bit and to take some deep breaths. You may also want to consider taking up crossword puzzles, as they will occupy you and may take away the temptation to reach for a cigarette.

While watching TV, many experience extraordinary cravings due to the ingrained habit of kicking back, watching an enjoyable program, and smoking. While it would be easy to suggest simply getting out and taking a walk, in and of itself this is not a realistic idea for every time you are sitting down in front of the tube. Instead, take up a new hobby, such as knitting, that will occupy your hands while you watch TV. Small quantities of unshelled sunflower seeds or pistachio nuts will also help to assuage the behavioral cravings.

Avoid locations that you associate with smoking, such as the local bar, the smoking section of your favorite restaurant, or the area in front of the pro-shop at your golf course. Find new hangouts.

If you feel vulnerable, avoid people who smoke. While you will come across the occasional smoker and will most likely be able to withstand the temptation, it is imperative to avoid the big events that draw many smokers.

Mimic responses to common questions and suggestions. You role-play with your children to help them deal with certain situations, and the same works for you. Practice saying ?no thanks? in front of the mirror. Practice saying ?no thank you, I quit.? Don?t be shy about communicating your resolve.