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Tips To Stay Free From Cigarettes

Meditation: Some studies indicate that medication can help smokers quit. One small study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health found that more than half of participants stopped smoking after eight group sessions teaching medication, and daily practice with a CD.
Play hard to get: Many smokers have found success by burying their cigarettes or otherwise making them hard to get at. If you have to go out and dig into the dirt every time you want a smoke, it may help you get by cravings.
Make a bet or a dare: If you’re the type who responds to peer pressure, get your friends involved. Make a bet that you can do it, with a nice, juicy reward at the end. Or agree to pay your friends a hefty amount if you fail.
Use a timer: Research has found that nicotine cessation causes time distortion in smokers. That means a craving that lasts 3 minutes may seem to last up to an hour. When you feel the craving coming on, set your timer. Give yourself five minutes before giving in. During that time, distract yourself with other activities, gum, licorice chews—anything to get your mind off the craving.
Breathe: Another coping mechanism for cravings is to stop and measure your breaths. Practice slow, deep breathing while singing a song or making a list in your head. Some smokers say their ABCs while relating each letter with a favorite person, food, or place. “A is for apple, B is for banana bread,” etc. Hopefully by the time you reach Z your craving will have let up.
Baking soda: Here’s a weird one that may just work for you. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with one 8-ounce glass of water and drink it, twice a day for the first week, and once a day for every week after until you no longer want to smoke.
Aromatherapy: Most all smokers say you have to replace your cigarette habit with something else. Usually something that stimulates your senses is a good idea—that’s one reason why some smokers gain weight, because they replace the cigarette with food. Try aromatherapy instead, and find your favorite scents. Candles that smell nice, bath salts, lotions, and other good-smelling things can help. Some smokers take lavender with them and sniff it every time they have a craving.
Find something else to play with: You need something to do with your hands, so keep something nearby that feels good, like a soft scarf, a tennis ball, a Rubik’s cube, or a bean-bag stuffed animal, and play with that when you have cravings. You can also try sucking on a lemon or lime to give your mouth something to do.
Start a savings fund: If you’re motivated by saving money (and who isn’t?), try putting the money you’re saving on cigarettes every day in cash in a glass jar or other visible place where you can measure your progress. Plan what you will do with that money after 4-6 weeks