November 21st is the Great American Smokeout

Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

You don't still smoke, do you?

The physical withdrawal associated with quitting smoking lasts only a few days. After that, the withdrawal quitters feel is psychological. Three months is considered to be the time when the psychological withdrawal stops.

Here are 20 ways to quit smoking today:

  1. Set a date to quit and put it in writing.
  2. Tell everyone that you're quitting and ask for their support.
  3. If the attraction is oral, chew gum or brush your teeth instead. Try a cinnamon flavored toothpick.
  4. Partner with someone - the first to have a cigarette owes the other one $200. 
  5. Acupuncture.
  6. Learn to play the piano. Or the drums. Or write a book. Whatever it takes to keep your hands busy.
  7. Nicotine patch or gum will reduce the physical symptoms.
  8. Avoid situations where you normally smoke - carpool instead of driving your car temporarily, or don't hang out with the people you normally smoke with.
  9. Replace smoking with another activity - running, crocheting, playing Soduko puzzles.
  10. Have a long glass of water. Not only does it keep you busy while the craving passes, staying hydrated helps minimize physical withdrawal symptoms.
  11. Drugs such as bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) will reduce the physical withdrawal symptoms without using nicotine replacement.
  12. Hypnosis.
  13. Acupuncture. We've heard that acupuncture in the ear can curb cravings.
  14. Throw away your ash trays, lighters, and cigarette holders.
  15. Try oat extract, available at health food stores. 1 milliliter four times a day can curb cravings.
  16. Put the money you're saving every time you would buy cigarettes into a large glass jar. After a week, buy yourself something special.
  17. Cut back on caffeine. Quitting smoking, coupled with caffeine, can cause jitters.
  18. Wear a rubber band on your wrist and snap it whenever you feel a craving.
  19. Learn the symptoms of lung cancer. Look at photos of lung cancer and its victims.
  20. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for more help.


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Wayne and Jean- my husband used to eat sunflower seeds when he quit smoking. I read it had something to do with the oils.
Nov 20, 2013 09:04 PM #1
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I was a smoker at one time the nicotine lozengers worked great for me . I have not smoked in over 9 years

Nov 20, 2013 10:40 PM #2
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
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Wayne and Jean,


Giving up something is very difficult, you have a very good list of strategies and links to help get started. 

Nov 21, 2013 12:31 AM #3
Tony Busanich
TD Bank - Freehold, NJ

Wayne & Jean,

Thanks for the update, being an ex smoker i tried most of the list and the only thing that work for me was cold turkey. Great post.

Nov 21, 2013 08:42 AM #4
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