Trying to Quit? The Cigarette Habit Is Still One of the Most Difficult, but You Can Be Successful

Make quitting one of the positive things you do while in quarantine.

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Decide you want to quit.

This may sound stupid, but you can’t want to want to quit. You have to want to quit. It’s going to take everything you’ve got, so be committed.

Pick a date.

Make this your anniversary date. Circle it on your calendar, enter it into your cell phone. Now it’s in writing.

Call a helpline.

Quitting is simple but far from easy. You’re going to need support and some guidance. Call the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to talk to someone or find a support group. They even have an app. if you’d like some tips and inspiration.

Buy a different brand.

This is an important step in breaking the habit. This alone is stepping outside your comfort zone and it’s a big step. You’ll be that much closer to quitting if you can do this.

Smoke one less cigarette a day.

Again, this is a baby step toward breaking the habit. Move slowly and be patient with yourself. This is still a change from your habit of being a “regular” smoker.

Save your smoked cigarettes.

They’re ugly to look at once you’ve smoked them and they smell even worse.

Floss/Brush after eating

Carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss with you, and clean your teeth after eating or drinking alcohol. Both are triggers to smoke. Buy a minty toothpaste so your mouth feels really clean.

Meditate or Just Breathe

Smokers say that smoking relaxes them.

Buy a tip jar

Cigarettes are expensive. The cost varies by state from $5.72 to $13.95 (New York) a pack, that’s $2,087.80 to $5,091.75, respectively.

Forgiveness is key

Quit and re-quit as many times as you need to. Start over. Forgive yourself as you would a friend who was trying to quit.

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Marilyn is a writer, yogi, and spiritual medium. Her favorite people are animals, especially ones that meow. She loves the ocean and hates one-use plastic.

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