The Great American Smokeout: 7 Things To Do Instead of Smoking

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Today is the Great American Smokeout, the day that the American Cancer Society hopes will be the first smoke-free day for more smokers.Does quitting for just one day make a difference? The latest studies say yes; a study out this week showed that smokers aged 65 and older who used to smoke 3.2 packs a day and kicked the habit, were able to lower their risk of heart disease to that of a non-smoker in an average of eight years. That should be motivation for the 43.8 million Americans who light up. But if you decided to give up  the cigarettes, even for a day, and still find yourself wanting a smoke, consider these stand-ins instead.

1. Chew on carrots: Having a quick snack can squash nicotine cravings. But make sure your food-based substitutes are low calorie, like fruits and vegetables.

2. Distract yourself: Find friends who are supportive of your decision to quit, or go to a party where you can talk to multiple people and get your mind off your cravings. If you associate parties and gatherings with smoking, this may be tougher, but it may also be helpful in training you to re-focus on making more social connections at parties and not on the opportunities to light up.

3. Snap yourself out of a craving: This is the tough love strategy. Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you consider picking up a pack. While you recover from the sting, remember all the reasons you decided to quit in the first place, and why they are worth the effort.

4. Break a sweat: Exercise can be an ally in overcoming overeating and depression, and works for fighting addictions too. For some, stress   drives smoking, and exercise can have the same calming effect as lighting up in response to anxiety. Even going on a walk can release feel-good endorphins. If you start to feel and look good, you’re less likely to want to add tobacco back into your daily routine.

5. Take a shower: It’s distracting, and it can put you in a better mood. There’s nothing like that clean feeling on the outside to make you feel clean on the inside as well.

6. Light incense or a candle: Need to light something up? Use your lighter for something other than a cigarette.

7. Turn up the music: Let your mind wander away from your need to smoke with soothing, relaxing tunes — or get up and dance. Either way, it’s a good way to celebrate your first day of being smoke-free.

6 comments
Ohyunjoeng
Ohyunjoeng

Smoking is not good for our bodies. It causes cancer and bad results.
That there are many people who suffer from bad results .So, smokers should quit smoking for good health .
However, smoking cessation should be committed himself .So have all the smokers should have motivated .
However, undergo  is difficult to quit smoking . In this article suggested that a good 7 way to smoke-free .
1. Chew on carrots: 2 . Distract yourself: 3 Snap yourself out of a craving: 4 . Break a sweat 5. Take a shower:
6. Light incense or a candle 7. Turn up the music
4 . Break a sweat: Exercise can be an ally in overcoming overeating and depression, and works for fighting addictions too. For some, stress drives smoking, and exercise can have the same calming effect as lighting up in response to anxiety.
7. Turn up the music: Let your mind wander away from your need to smoke with soothing, relaxing tunes - or get up and dance. Either way, it's a good way to celebrate
Presented in this article all the way it seems to get positive results.
4 and 7 of them, I seem to be the best. (4 and 7)
Smoking at the same time we can look after oneself.

dmwvivian
dmwvivian

I think these ways to quit smoking are so useful!And it is easy to do these!I will recommend these approaches to my father and my friends!It is very important to have a healthy body!I love them so much,and  hope they  enjoy good health!11200316222

LegacyForHealth
LegacyForHealth

For smokers looking to quit, BecomeAnEX.org is a free online quit smoking resource and community. The site is run by Legacy, a public health non-profit based in Washington, DC.  It is based on the latest scientific research and input from ex-smokers, and is designed to empower smokers to re-learn life without cigarettes. Approximately 650,000 individuals have joined the site since it was launched in 2008, many of whom find support and information from other smokers and ex-smokers in the online community. BecomeAnEX.org has helped to thousands of smokers connect and support each other through their quitting journey and never look back.  Watch this video that shares Cindy's first-hand struggle with tobacco addiction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_PHsWQPEvQ

HufflePuffSmokes.us
HufflePuffSmokes.us

Amazed they don't list nicotine free e-cigs as a great way to fill the habitual analogue need without the nasty chemicals!

Ander
Ander

This is good and simple information, hope it will bring some relief and help to those who take the time to read it's content.