It’s the New Year, and what better way to start off 2013 than with a plan to quit smoking… right? Yes, we know it’s cliche to quit smoking as a New Year’s resolution, but given that we’re in the middle of our cold Canadian winter, it’s definitely the best time to give up the habit. Do you really want to be bundling up for your smoke breaks in -10 degree weather? Kick the habit while the idea of smoking is totally unappealing… that is, if yellow teeth, premature wrinkles, bad breath and — oh yeah — sickness weren’t reason enough for your already. Here are 5 great tips to quit smoking from celebrities who kicked the habit.
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1. Consider That It’s Maybe More Of An Oral Fixation Issue
Kristen Stewart was a fairly heavy smoker up until the end of 2012. When dealing with her breakup and reconciliation with Robert Pattinson, the Twilight starlet also managed to kick her bad habit, despite the emotionally tumultuous time she was going through. “I was a bit of a faker, a circumstantial smoker,” she told Conan O’Brien while visiting him on Conan. “I just feel like I wasn’t addicted to nicotine. I just wanted something in my mouth.”
If, like Kristen, you think you might be smoking more out of giving yourself something to do or as a nervous habit, invest in a Costco-size pack of gum and sugar-less candies to have something to put in your mouth every time you feel like you’d usually reach for a cigarette. Sugar-free lollipops are also a good way to keep the idea of having something in your hand while you try to break the habit.
2. Opt For An Electronic Cigarette
Kristen Stewart’s boyfriend Robert Pattinson also quit smoking in 2012, and he did it by switching to electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes as they’re sometimes known. e-cigarettes let you go through the motions of inhaling and exhaling a cloud-like vapour. Although electronic cigarettes can often contain nicotine in the States, Canadian electronic cigarettes don’t have any nicotine, making them a great alternative to a real cigarette when you’re trying to kick the habit.
3. Get Hynotherapy
Maybe it’s psychosomatic, or maybe it actually works. Who know?! But does it really matter when it actually helps you quit smoking for good? Matt Damon was able to completely quit smoking after visiting a hypnotherapist just three times to help him quit smoking. “I should have done it years ago…” he told Jay Leno. “It’s amazing I didn’t even want cigarettes any more.”
4. Pick Up A New Healthy Workout Habit
We know, we know. All you want to do is get rid of a bad habit — not force yourself to adopt a good habit! Here’s the thing though: If you start exercising and setting goals for yourself in your training, you’ll soon start to find that smoking gets in the way. Say you’re trying to master a 5km run in a certain amount of time. Having smoke-filled lungs is just going to get in the way with that, and you’ll start feeling annoyed at your lung capacity instead of wishing you could have a cigarette. That’s what Charlize Theron did. “I used to be such a bad, bad smoker – shameless, Marlboro Reds, three packs a day, chain-smoking, horrible. I don’t know how anybody lived with me. I started yoga and Pilates in the hope that dedicating myself to a healthy ritual would help me stay off cigarettes and it has. But I still love my food!”
5. Read A Book About It
Books on how to quit smoking are always controversial. The truth is, if you’ve been checking out literature on how to quit smoking, chances are that you’re ready to take the next step. What’s the cost of a book these days — the same price as a pack of cigarettes? Yeah, exactly. Ashton Kutcher quit smoking after reading The Allen Carr Method. “I read the book,” sais Ashton. “It gives you guidance, and allows you to smoke as you read – and on the final page it says ‘And now, quit’, and I closed the book, and I did! I still drink, however.”
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