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7 cool ways to kick the butt

Be it to celebrate or to mourn, there are many who just can’t do without their fix of nicotine — the most harmful byproduct of tobacco. And if you’re one of those who have tried to give up smoking umpteen times, but failed miserably everytime, then try one of these fun ways to kick the butt:

health and fitness Updated: May 31, 2013 01:43 IST
Debasmita Ghosh

Be it to celebrate or to mourn, there are many who just can’t do without their fix of nicotine — the most harmful byproduct of tobacco. And if you’re one of those who have tried to give up smoking umpteen times, but failed miserably everytime, then try one of these fun ways to kick the butt:

Keep your mouth busy
Keeping your mouth busy is a great way to kill the urge of smoking because smoking is more of a psychological problem, where one tends to get a high when happy, or distract oneself, when sad. Believe it or not, you can achieve the same by opting to munch on something less harmful, suggests nutritionist Annapurna Agrawal of Snap Fitness India. Keep handy some sugar-free candy, chewing gum, toffees or nuts. You can also pep up your palate with tangy salted amla or some piquant mouth freshners such as flavoured ajwain. “Vitamin C rich foods like amla, orange, lemon, guava also cuts down the urge to smoke because cigarettes deprive you of vitamin C supply, leaving you with a deficiency, which the nicotine fills,” adds Agrawal.

Put your savings in a piggy bank
Unless you calculate how much you are spending on those death puffs, you’ll never be able to realise how much you can actually save by not buying them. Try this for a month. Everyday, put in a piggy bank the equivalent sum of money that you are spending on your packet of cigarette. After a month, calculate the amount, and don’t be surprised if you have saved a few thousands. You will realise that you can actually save so much, and buy several other things that you always wanted to have.

Reward yourself
Make mental resolutions of not smoking, and promise to reward yourself if you succeed. Start with hours, then days, then weeks and months. Everytime you succeed, treat yourself by having your favourite black forest cake, choco chip ice cream or anything little less sinful that your heart craves for.

Ask your best friend to play the devil
What are best friends for after all! Ask him or her to constantly bog you with criticism whenever you are smoking by constantly reminding you of the challenges you have successfully overcome in the past. It’s okay if he tags you as a ‘loser’, ‘mentally weak’ and ‘dependent on a silly cigarette in life’! Harsh criticism might just force you to prove your mental strength!

Get hired in a no-smoking office
Well, you surely wouldn’t want to leave your job, put your career at stake and sit jobless at home with an empty pocket, would you? So, take up a job in an office where you are not allowed to smoke, and need permissions to go out. Your smoking habit will soon reduce and might even leave your life.

Clean up your teeth
Smoking leaves ugly nicotine stains on your teeth. Visit a dentist and get your teeth cleaned, so they shine like a pearl. And then, you’ll feel sorry to spoil your pristine whites with unsightly brown marks.

The gory way
Keep a gory poster of oral or lung cancer in your room on the wall that you see first thing in the morning. Sounds pathetic but there’s no bigger deterrent than fear of suffering, and it might just make you think twice before reaching out for a smoke.