The office was staffed with one nurse and two typists. One of the typists was a heavy smoker. She made it clear that when anyone rode with her to lunch, that she would be smoking.
The nurse was a vocal opponent of smoking and would tell the typist how her lungs were probably black by now, and if she didn’t want to drop dead immediately, she’d better knock off the puffing and get her act together.
Smokers know what the side effects are from smoking, and don’t need anyone nagging them to stop. Yes, most have read the warnings on cigarette packs and cartons, but it is not easy to quit and it can be a long process with many setbacks along the way.
Here are five tips to nip smoking in the bud:
Eliminate Smoking Triggers
Do a sweep of your house and car to remove anything that reminds you of smoking. This includes ashtrays, and smoking odors, and it would be a good idea to have a professional clean the inside of the car. If you dislike housecleaning as much as I do, hire someone to do a thorough cleaning, and that should help eliminate smoke odors in your house.
Keep Your Distance From Smokers
If someone in your house smokes, ask them to go outside, so you won’t be tempted to light up. You may have to limit your invitations to parties or dinners out, if your friends are smoking. In my company, smokers went outside to smoke under the trees, and didn’t smoke within so many feet of the front door.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you probably won’t be able to quit smoking in a day, but don’t get impatient. Break the day down by minutes then hours, and reward yourself for not lighting up. Hang up a large calendar so you can more accurately track your progress.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
You may be going along smoke-free for many days, and all of a sudden something stressful happens, and you find yourself lighting up a cigarette. Life happens. Find out what is bothering you and take steps to prevent it from happening again. This is a good time to have a friend who wants to quit smoking, and you can encourage each other along the way.
Reach Out For Help
Smoking cessation programs are easy to find, but check with your insurance to see what is covered, and what you’ll have to pay out of pocket.
It’s never too late to improve your health, so make it a goal to stop smoking, and start living your life to the fullest.