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FIND NEW HABITS...
Change your habits to make smoking difficult, impossible, or unnecessary.
For example, it's hard to smoke when you're swimming, jogging, or playing tennis or handball. When your desire for a cigarette is intense, wash your hands or the dishes, or try new recipes.
Do things that require you to use your hands. Try crossword puzzles, needlework, gardening, or household chores. Go bike riding; take the dog for a walk; give yourself a manicure; write letters.
Enjoy having a clean-mouth taste and maintain it by brushing your teeth frequently and using mouthwash.
Enjoy the fact that you and/or your home will no-longer smell like smoke.
Get plenty of rest.
Pay attention to your appearance. Look and feel sharp.
Try to find time for the activities that are the most meaningful, satisfying, and important to you.
When you get the crazies
Keep oral substitutes handy - try carrots, pickles, sunflower seeds, apples, celery, raisins, or sugarless gum instead of a cigarette.
Eat sunflower seeds - I have never seen any hard studies on this, but it is believed that sunflower seeds have a similar effect on the nervous system as nicotine. Supposedly, there is a chemical in the brain that triggers your body to act on its need for a cigarette. This enzyme or chemical is in some way relaxed by a substance in sunflower seeds. Many people used these seeds as an aid to help quit. If nothing else, it will help replace the oral craving associated with smoking while keeping your hands busy if you are getting a bit figity.
Take 10 deep breaths and hold the last one while lighting a match. Exhale slowly and blow out the match. Pretend it's a cigarette and crush it out in an ashtray.
Take a shower or bath if possible.
Learn to relax quickly and deeply. Make yourself limp, visualize a soothing, pleasing situation, and get away from it all for a moment. Concentrate on that peaceful image and nothing else.
Light incense or a candle instead of a cigarette.
Never allow yourself to think that "one won't hurt" - it will.