|1. MAKE A DATE and stick to it. Draw up a plan
of action, considering what methods are available to you.
2. KEEP BUSY
to help take your mind off cigarettes. Throw away all your ashtrays, lighters and tobacco.
PLENTY OF FLUIDS - keep a glass of water or juice by you and sip it steadily.
Try different flavours.
4. GET MORE
ACTIVE - Walk instead of
using the bus or car. Try the stairs instead of the lift. Exercise helps you relax and can
boost your morale.
POSITIVE - Withdrawal can be unpleasant, bit it is a sign your body is
recovering from the effects of tobacco. Irritability, urges to smoke and poor
concentration are common - don't worry, they usually disappear after a few of weeks.
YOUR ROUTINE - Try to avoid the shop you usually buy cigarettes. Perhaps you
should avoid the pub or the break room at work if there are lots of smokers around you.
Try doing something totally different. Surprise yourself!
7. NO EXCUSES - Don't use a crisis or even good news to be
an excuse for "just one cigarette" there is no such thing - you will soon want
the next and the next....
8. TREAT YOURSELF - This is important. If you can, use the
money you are saving by not smoking to buy yourself something special - big or small -
that you usually would not have.
9. BE CAREFUL
WHAT YOU EAT - Try not to snack on fatty foods. If you do need to snack, try fruit, raw
vegetables or sugar free gum or sweets.
10. TAKE ONE DAY
AT A TIME - each day without
a cigarette is good news for your health, your family..and your pocket.