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Learn about addiction in this Howcast video series, which includes advice for shopaholics, porn addicts, sex addicts, compulsive gamblers, hoarders, overeaters, and other people with harmful dependencies.
You Will Need
- Oral substitutes
- Stress relief techniques
Stop smoking altogether. Studies show that half of young people who begin social smoking end up smoking every day within a year.
Throw away cigarettes
Avoid temptation by throwing away all cigarettes you may be hiding. Throw away matches and lighters, too, and any other paraphernalia that reminds you of smoking.
Limit going to bars and parties for the first few weeks you are trying to quit. Many social smokers just don't feel comfortable having a drink without also having a cigarette.
Keep a journal
Keep a journal to keep track of your urges and what is triggering them.
Find an oral substitute
Resist the urge by finding an oral substitute, such as gum, mints, or sunflower seeds.
Ask your friends and family for help and encouragement. It's harder to smoke when someone who cares about you is telling you not to.
Look for alternative ways to relax or relieve stress, including squeezing a ball, exercising, or drinking a cup of herbal tea.
Avoid other smokers
Avoid being around other smokers or triggers until you are confident you can say "no" whenever a cigarette is offered. With commitment and the right mindset, you can do it!