Posts Categorized: Quit Tips

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Quit tip – play exciting games to reduce cravings

If you are trying to quit smoking then one tactic to reduce nicotine cravings is to engage in new exciting cooperative games or puzzles, suggests a recent study titled “An fMRI Study of Nicotine-Deprived Smokers’ Reactivity to Smoking Cues during Novel/Exciting Activity” . In the study, the team tested their theory with the use of fMRI brain scanning during the cooperative game playing. The games were randomised between […]

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What’s the deal with e-cigarettes?

You may have heard people talking about using electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or e-cigs) as a way to try to quit smoking. But they are illegal and could be dangerous. Here are a few things you should know about e-cigarettes: 1. An e-cigarette is a battery operated device that contains nicotine. The nicotine is […]

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Staying quit over the holidays

The silly season is well and truly upon us: with parties everywhere we look. It’s also a time of the year in which emotions like stress and sadness tend to emerge ( not to mention too much booze)  – all of which can make us start smoking again long after we’ve quit. To help you […]

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Quit tip – Tell your friends

Tell your friends, family, and people you work with that you’re trying to quit smoking. Having the encouragement and support of people around you could make the difference. If you have friends or family who are smokers, ask them not to smoke around you. If they are your real friends, they will respect your wish […]

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Make this Father’s Day a smoke free day

We all know what a big influence our parents have on our behaviour. If you’re a dad, think about what your smoking says to your kids. If you’re not ready to quit, try making this Fathers Day a smoke-free day to show that there is a healthy way of living. Together, family and friends can […]

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Meditate on this… and smoke less cigarettes

Meditation worked like magic to reduce cigarette cravings for people who weren’t even planning to quit, according to new research. The research participants were recruited to try out meditation, but weren’t told that it would have an impact on their smoking. When they were surveyed a few weeks later about how they were feeling about […]

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Quit tip: Stretch out the time between cigarettes

The best quit tips come from people who have already quit smoking. This quit tip was sent to us by Diane Kerr, a Wurundjeri woman who has been smokefree for two year! Diane says it helped her to delay the time between cigarettes.  So if you usually smoke every 2 hours, then try stretching it […]

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A yummy brekky instead of your morning smoke

Research shows that having a cigarette as soon as you wake means you’re more likely to get cancer. Try and delay that first cigarette of the day by making something delicious for breakfast. How about this delicious egg and avocado toasted sandwich? With THIS to look forward to, why would you need a cigarette in […]

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Morning smoking is the most dangerous

The sooner a person smokes a cigarette after they wake up, the more likely they are to get lung cancer or mouth cancer, according to new research If the first thing you reach for when you wake up is a cigarette – think again! Try delaying that first cigarette of the day. Get up, have […]

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Quit tip: Make a date and stick to it

If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, make a date and start planning towards it. Some people find there’s too much pressure in quitting on New Year’s Day, so maybe choose a date a month or two down the track. The main thing is that you choose a date and then stick to it. Tell your […]

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Quit tip: Get rid of all your ashtrays

Once you’ve made the decision to quit, collect all the lighters, matches and ashtrays in the house and throw them in the bin! It’s important to rid your home of anything that reminds you of smoking, and to make it harder for you give in to cravings. If you don’t have a lighter, it will […]

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Quit tip: Snack on fruit

Have slices of watermelon or other fruit handy. Snack on these to keep your mouth fresh & you won’t look for a cigarette. This also means you won’t be reaching for chips and lollies. This tip was given to us by David Walker, who has been smoke free for 2 years!

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Quit tip: Keep a water bottle with you

Quit tip: Drinking water can help satisfy the hand to mouth action that you usually get with cigarettes. Sipping on a drink bottle is a bit like sucking on a smoke. Plus water is so much better for you…try it. (p.s. we recommend a non-disposable bottle, that you can fill up again and again. Better […]

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Can you smell something?

After 2 weeks off cigarettes, your sense of smell will be returning, and you’ll be enjoying food more too, as your tastebuds are getting back to normal. Look at this timeline that shows the benefits of quitting after 1 day, 1 week, 1 month etc. Getting a better sense of smell is definitely an incentive! […]

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Quit tip: Break your habit

If you usually have a coffee and a cigarette first thing in the morning, then even the smell of coffee can make you crave a smoke. Try switching to tea for a few weeks to break the association. Sometimes it’s the social routines and habits (like having a cigarette after dinner, or a cigarette with […]