Tell your friends, coworkers, boss, partner, and kids how you feel
Don’t bottle up your emotions. If something makes you angry, express it instead of smothering it with cigarette smoke. If you’re bored, admit to yourself that you’re bored and find something energetic to do instead of lighting up.
Make an appointment with an acupuncturist
There’s some evidence that auricular acupuncture (i.e., needles in the ears) curbs cigarette cravings quite successfully, says Ather Ali, N.D., a naturopathic physician completing a National Institutes of Health-sponsored postdoctoral research fellowship at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Connecticut. You can even do it yourself by taping “seeds” (small beads) onto the acupuncture points and squeezing them whenever cravings arise.
If you relapse, just start again
You haven’t failed. Some people have to quit as many as eight times before they are successful. Next, read about this habit that can be just as dangerous as smoking a pack a day.