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02 April 2012

A "treat"

Almost two out of three smokers say they just plain enjoy smoking. When you associate smoking with "good times", it can strengthen your habit further.

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Almost two out of three smokers say they just plain enjoy smoking. When you associate smoking with "good times", it can strengthen your habit further.

Keep reminding yourself of the benefits of not smoking, and get into the habit of enjoying yourself without tobacco:

  • Focus on the pleasures of being tobacco-free. Notice how good food smells and tastes; how you feel (and smell) fresher; how it’s easier it to walk, run and climb stairs; and maybe even how powerful it feels to be gaining control over the urge to smoke.
  • Spend the money you save on cigarettes on other healthy pleasures: buy yourself that new gadget or item of clothing, or give a dinner party.
  • The health benefits of giving up smoking will mean that you’re far more likely to be able to enjoy life's other pleasures more, and for longer.
  • "Good times" for many people involve alcohol, which many smokers find makes them smoke more. Swop some of your nights out in bars or clubs for activities where you can’t or are less likely to smoke or drink, like going to the cinema.

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