Smoking Cessation Toolbox - A Cool Listing Of Stuff You Should Know Before You Quit

by Tim Whiston - Date: 2007-04-29 - Word Count: 298 Share This!

Nicotine is in the body 72 hours, or three days, after you smoke your last cigarette. This may be the most intense time during your quitting process and it is important to be prepared with things that will help you along the way.

Be prepared to snack, because you're going to want to eat. Just make sure that you have healthy foods on hand like fruit, yogurt, nuts, rice cakes and the like.

Stay away from triggers. Anything that you normally do with a cigarette, try to avoid.

Change your routine. If you generally have a cigarette with your morning coffee at the kitchen table, try something different. Don't linger over the coffee, put it in a to-go cup and drink it while you do other things. Changing your environment up a bit may help with cravings. Also, try not to hang out with your smoker friends, stay away from bars and try not to drink alcohol if you generally have a cigarette in your hand when you drink.

Another thing to consider when quitting smoking is what to do with your hands. One thing that people truly miss is the action of smoking.

There are many things that you can do to alleviate your need to fidget. So before you quit, get your emergency kit ready with the following items.

Drinking straws (cut to the size of a cigarette)


Carrot and celery sticks

Sugarless hard candy or gum

Silly Putty, Play-Doh, "stress heads," Koosh balls or crossword puzzles

You may also want to invest in nicotine replacement products such as gum, patches, lozenges, inhalers, nasal sprays or prescription medications. Just because you use these products does not mean that you're weak or that you can't do it on your own. Nicotine replacement items have proven to be very effective to those that have been successful at quitting.

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