Ten Weapons To Kill An Urge To Smoke

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Affirm

  • I prefer to be smoke-free.
  • I choose to be tobacco-free.
  • I love being free from smoking.

Brush --

  • your teeth with mint toothpaste.
  • your hair.
  • your body with a soft towel.

Chew --

  • vegetable sticks (celery, carrots).
  • sunflower seeds.
  • sugarless gum.

Drink --

  • water every hour.
  • fruit and vegetable juice.
  • a glass of milk.

Exercise --

  • your legs by taking a stroll.
  • your arms by lifting dumbbells.
  • your body by stretching.

Freshen up with --

  • five deep breaths.
  • a warm shower.
  • personal grooming.

Go for --

  • a five minute break.
  • a hundred count backwards.
  • help from a friend.

Hold --

  • out for five minutes.
  • onto a friend.
  • something in your hands.

Imagine --

  • your life free of cigarettes.
  • refusing a cigarette.
  • stopping a “nic” attack.

Join --

  • a support group.
  • a service club.
  • an anti-smoking movement.

Excerpt from The Ill Effects of Smoking, Institute of Pulmonary Medicine, St. Luke's Medical Center