Decided it’s time to quit smoking? Good for you! Giving up cigarettes can:
- Help you to breathe easier
- Give you more energy
- Lower your stress levels
- Improve your fertility
- Correct your sense of smell and taste
- Delay the appearance of unsightly wrinkles
- Prolong your life expectancy
Aside from these health benefits, quitting smoking can have a number of social and financial benefits too. But, as we’re sure you can imagine, it comes with its fair share of challenges.
If you’re to quit – once and for all – you’re going to need a lot of willpower. And, to help you to resist the temptation to smoke, we thought we’d share a few tips on how to deal with those stressful (and sometimes awkward) situations where you crave tobacco…
- Avoid smoking areas
Whether it be a night out in town with your mates or some pub grub with the family, the last place you want to go near is the designated smoking area. This will trigger your bad habits and make it harder for you to resist your cravings.
Instead of stepping outside and being surrounded by the smell of smoke, offer to get the next round of drinks in for your group. Or, if you’re at the pub, why not treat yourself to a packet of crisps, nuts or pork scratchings?
- Find a hobby
Giving up smoking is no easy feat. There are bound to be days where you have the urge to buy cigarettes from the off-license on your way home from a stressful day at work or to ask a friend for one at a party. However, the secret to successfully quitting smoking is to find something that takes your mind off it.
It could be something as simple as doing some exercise – be it a brisk walk around the block or a bike ride with a close friend who will distract you. Or maybe you could do some meditation, learn how to cook, or hone your artistic skills?
- Use an e-cigarette
Going ‘cold turkey’ doesn’t work for everyone and, often, it’s better to reduce your daily intake gradually. An ideal way to do this is to ditch your favourite blend of tobacco for an electronic cigarette that is healthier and more affordable.
E-cigarettes replicate the hand-to-mouth action that smokers are familiar with. They essentially trick you into thinking that you’re smoking a normal cigarette but allow you to wean yourself off tobacco (and nicotine which is what makes them so addictive) for good.
- Pick a tasty e-liquid
The great thing about vaping is that there are a plethora of options – giving you all the more reason to quit smoking and never look back. For example, there are fruity flavours, such as blackcurrant and liquorice, banana, cherry and berry-flavoured mixes, as well as dessert-tasting e-liquids which imitate the flavour of delicious, sugary treats. If menthol cigarettes were your go-to, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of mint and menthol blends on the market too.
Cloudstix is a leading supplier of e-liquids and stock a comprehensive range of different flavours, nicotine strengths and bottle sizes. Why not browse their products online and find something that keeps your cravings at bay whilst tantalising your taste buds at the same time? And, to ensure you don’t feel tempted to revert to smoking, remember to switch up your e-liquids and experiment with new flavours.