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Identify and Conquer Your Smoking Triggers

        Health | Smoking Cessation

Identify and Conquer Your Smoking Triggers (<i>cont'd</i>)

"I began exercising every time I felt like I needed a cigarette."

"I cut back gradually to just four per day, then began exercising every time I felt like I needed a cigarette. I also eliminated as much stress from my life as I could. It has been almost 13 years since my last cigarette." — K.K.

"I stopped drinking coffee the minute I got up."

I quit smoking three years ago in August. I used Zyban. I also sucked on cinnamon disks to help me get through the day. I do believe I went through 2 or 3 pounds a week for about 2 months... At work I stopped taking breaks outside for the first month, till I got an idea that if I walked I might be able to try and keep my weight down to a minimum. I went through my car and cleaned it out, went through the whole house and cleaned it. I stopped rolling down my car window the first thing. I stopped drinking coffee the minute I got up. I waited like 20 or 30 minutes. I took my shower and got dressed and then went down and made my coffee. I stayed out of the bars or eating places that allowed smoking. Most importantly, after gaining about 40 pounds, I went on a regiment of exercise. I started out just walking around the neighborhood, then as the days passed I went farther and farther, alternating between walking, fast walking, then jogging! Also took up weight lifting, and stairstepping! I joined walking/jogging events, i.e., breast cancer walk, heart walk, etc., and I had a blast!!! ... I lost the 40 pounds plus 10." — Desiree

"...I changed my 'smoking hand.'"

"I didn't empty my ashtrays the final week, and dumped all my butts in a jar on "D-day", added a little water and took the lid for a good sniff when I wanted to smoke. I also took some work clothes, put them in dry-cleaning bags, and when I wanted to smoke, I unveiled the clothes so I could remember what I smelled like. I also employed other tactics I learned previously:

  • changing brands
  • changing from regular to menthol
  • changing to a brand with lower nicotine
  • changing 'smoking hand'
  • not smoking in the car
  • not smoking on the phone
  • not smoking after meals
  • (Some folks may want to only smoke outside, but I was already doing that.)
  • I avoided spots where people were smoking, such as bars or smoking sections of restaurants.
  • I bought a huge box of Tootsie Pops and when I normally smoked a cigarette, I had a Tootsie Pop."

Wendy N.

 

"The first thing I did was to start eliminating the usual routine times that I smoked."

"I quit smoking in 1985. The first thing I did was to start eliminating the usual routine times that I smoked, one at a time. Those were: after meals, when on the phone, etc. When I got down to three or four a day, then I quit." — Ginger E.

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