Quitting smoking may very well be the most difficult thing you ever do in your life. While difficult, it is not impossible. Once you have made up your mind that you really want to quit and that you are legitimately ready to quit, then try some of the following tips.
1. Drink a lot of water. You should be drinking a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water per day. So, if you weigh 150 pounds you should be drinking at least 75 ounces of water every day. The water will help to flush the nicotine out of your system.
2. Keep a ready supply of sugar free gum or hard candies in your pocket or purse. Whenever the urge to smoke a cigarette strikes, chew a piece of gum or suck on a hard candy. Sugar free will help to avoid excess calories which can turn many people back to smoking. The hard candy will give you that oral sensation without actually smoking.
3. You can pick up some cinnamon sticks and use them similar to how you would a cigarette if need be. Go to your favorite smoking spot, take out a cinnamon stick and inhale on it the same way you would a cigarette. You will notice a distinct difference here because a cinnamon stick tastes good, whereas a cigarette tastes disgusting. This is a great way to indulge the need to still feel like you are smoking. You can also take a regular straw and cut it down to the size of a cigarette and voila! You have a smoking cessation aid.
4. Within the first few days of quitting smoking you may realize how the smell of cigarette smoke turns your stomach. This is a good thing. Take that feeling and run with it. Every time you are around someone smoking or near someone after they have finished smoking, take a nice big whiff of what they smell like. This really is not a pleasant smell and just the smell alone may turn you from smoking completely.
5. Probably the most significant thing you can do, and the reason many people have quit, was to go to a quit smoking website and read the stories of people who lost their battle against quitting smoking. Look at the pictures. Take in how their bodies wasted away and how their families suffered. If nothing else works….that will.