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Ready to Quit? Replacement Options for Smoke Free Living

by ARIEL MOGHADDAM |

If you are a smoker, chances are you have at least thought about quitting at least once. It's no secret that smoking can cause a wide range of chronic illnesses, from COPD to throat and lung cancer. Yet despite this, only about 7% of people who try to quit each year will be successful. Smoking is addictive, and it's not as simple as just “putting it down.”

If you want to quit smoking, your best bet is to replace your bad habit with a healthier one. There are a range of options available, but the best habits for quitting will include many of the familiar steps involved with smoking—putting something in your mouth or using your hands.

Quit Picks

Quit picks are gaining in popularity as a tool to help quit smoking. Chewing on a toothpick allows you to keep something in your mouth, and shaking one out feels a lot like getting a cigarette out. Quit picks aren't just ordinary toothpicks though, they are infused with essential oils from cinnamon and mint to help improve your health and your breath at the same time.

Cinnamon oil can improve blood flow and give you energy, while peppermint clears your lungs and sharpens your mind. When you come back in from your break, you'll be coming in with fresh breath and enhanced mood as the essential oils are absorbed by your body while chewing.

Chewing Gum

Chewing on gum is another replacement strategy to help keep you busy. Again you can shake it out and put it in your mouth the same way as the cigarette, and it will also give you fresh breath. It is recommended if you decide to chew gum that you use a sugar free option, as sugar laden gum can be bad for your teeth.

Lollipops

If you enjoy tasty treats, having a lollipop instead of a cigarette is another option. Although long term this is once again not ideal because of the sugar, you can always brush your teeth after a lollipop, but there's no option for cleaning your lungs after a cigarette.

Drink a glass of water

Although this may seem like an odd one for replacing cigarettes, many people find it effective. By the time you finish the glass of water, you often no longer have a craving. Not only does it keep your hands and mouth busy, but it may also help with headaches new quitters sometimes experience in the first few weeks of trying to quit.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. It also may be one of the most difficult things you have ever done in your life. Breaking the habit is hard enough as it is, without

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