10 tips to help you cut back on your smokes
Thrive® gums and lozenges are proven to help smokers quit or cut back. Take advantage of 10 healthy, habit-breaking techniques that have worked for others.
Use the money you would spend on cigarettes for a new outfit, a meal with friends, or tickets to see your favourite band. It’ll give you something to look forward to when temptation strikes.
Spot the triggers
A smoke in one hand, a cup of coffee or pint in the other. Sound familiar? Find the things that prompt you to smoke, and avoid them or find substitutes. You can always be ready to stop triggers with Thrive® gums and lozenges.
It’s easy to constantly think about smoking when you’re trying to quit or reduce. When you feel really tempted, think about something else — a nice memory from the past or friends you’re going to see in the future.
Cigarette cravings can feel just like food cravings, so you may be tempted to reach for junk food when you cut back. If you’re yearning for a snack, look for healthier choices like fresh fruit or vegetables. They’ll help you beat your cravings by filling you up with vitamins instead of the fat and calories in junk food.
A walk, run, or trip to the gym will help you shed some of the stress that comes with quitting. Get active when a craving comes on to immediately shed some of the withdrawal symptoms.
Get up, go for a walk, brush your teeth, play a game on your computer or mobile, do whatever it takes to not think about smoking.
Reach out for support
Let your family, friends, coworkers…everyone know that you’re trying to cut back. They’ll give you the encouragement you need to stay smoke-free.
The relaxed feeling a cigarette brings may be one reason you smoke. Do your best to avoid stressful situations, especially in your first weeks of reducing.
Make a plan and stick to it
Write down why you want to cut back and set reduction goals, whether it be quitting altogether or just reducing the number of cigarettes smoked per day or week.
Don't go it alone
Cutting back with a friend will give you someone to vent to when you need support, plus you’ll have an understanding partner.