Plan for tough situations
Giving up the ciggies means a huge change in routine for most smokers. In the first few weeks, try to steer clear of alcohol and any other triggers. For many, cigarettes and alcohol go hand-in-hand. Avoid places where people smoke and try to keep busy. Do something else to unwind – listen to music, meditate, keep active, connect with other non-smokers or try a new hobby. Replace workplace cigarette breaks with a walk around the block, or 'freshen up' in the bathroom – brush your teeth, notice how much better your mouth feels since quitting. Be kind to yourself, take it one day at a time.
Hint: have a ‘cleanse’ in the first few weeks of quitting – get rid of the scent of stale tobacco in your house, car and anywhere else that’s going to trigger your cravings.