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DIFFERENT WAYS TO QUIT...
Switch brands. Switch to a brand that is not as enjoyable as your regular brand.
Change to a brand that's low in tar and nicotine a couple of weeks before your target date. This will help change your smoking behavior. However, DO NOT smoke more cigarettes, inhale them more often or more deeply, or place your fingertips over the holes in the filters. All of these will increase your nicotine intake, and the idea is to get your body used to functioning without nicotine. (If you smoke regular, go from regular to lights, then from lights to ultra lights.)
Cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke.
Smoke only half of each cigarette.
Each day, postpone lighting your first cigarette 1 hour.
Decide you'll smoke only during odd or even hours of the day.
Decide beforehand how many cigarettes you'll smoke during the day. For each additional cigarette, give a dollar to your favorite charity.
Change your eating habits to help you cut down. For example, drink milk, which many people consider incompatible with smoking. End meals or snacks with something that won't lead to a cigarette.
Reach for a glass of juice or some fruit instead of a cigarette for a "pick-me-up." (The healthier you feel , the stronger you are.)
Remember: Cutting down can help you quit, but it's not a substitute for quitting. If you're down to about seven cigarettes a day, it's time to set your target date and get ready to stick to it.
Don't Smoke "Automatically" !
Smoke only those cigarettes you really want. Catch yourself before you light up a cigarette out of pure habit!
Don't empty your ashtrays. This will remind you of how many cigarettes you've smoked each day, and the sight and smell of stale butts will be very unpleasant.
Make yourself aware of each cigarette by using the opposite hand or putting cigarettes in an unfamiliar location or a different pocket to break the automatic reach.
If you light up many times during the day without even thinking about it, try to look in a mirror each time you put a match to your cigarette - you may decide you don't need it.
Make smoking inconvenient
Stop buying cigarettes by the carton. Wait until one pack is empty before you buy another.
Stop carrying cigarettes with you at home and at work. Make them difficult to get to.
If you usually smoke indoors , go outside!
Make smoking unpleasant
Smoke only under circumstances that aren't especially pleasurable for you. If you like to smoke with others, smoke alone. Turn your chair toward an empty corner and focus only on the cigarette you are smoking and its many negative effects. Collect all you cigarette butts in one large glass container as a visual reminder of the filth smoking represents.