Student Health Services
P.O. Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501-7751
Get rid of the ashtrays, lighters, and anything else that has to do with smoking. Just seeing them can remind you of what you are trying to avoid. If you have a car, take out the car lighter, too.
Master a new stress management strategy. Quitting smoking is stressful, learning to manage your stress without cigarettes is essential to quitting for good. Consider learning breathing relaxation techniques, which can be done anywhere at any time.
Talk to your doctor. He or she can help make quitting easier with a prescription for a stop smoking aid, which have been shown to improve your odds of making this a successful quit attempt.
Start a reward fund. Put all the money that you would have spent on tobacco toward something that you can get really excited about, like a fantastic spring break vacation.
Air out your home. Your home (and clothes and belongings) will smell better and you won’t have the smell to trigger a craving.
Keep your hands busy. Find something to hold or do for those times you really want to light up.
Enlist help. Quit with a friend or visit a support group and you’ll help keep each other on track.
Say no to alcohol. Even one drink can reduce your inhibitions enough to make relapse seem like a good idea, avoid alcohol until you know you won’t light up.
Fight your smoking cues. If you always smoke with a cup of coffee, switch to tea. If you chain smoke while you write, move to the library to get your work done.
Think of why you’re quitting. Whether it’s for your health, your wallet, or your partner, remind yourself what you value and what you’re doing this for. Write these reasons down and keep them with you to consult when you’re wavering.
Find healthy things to manage your stress. Quitting can be stressful; use all of your coping techniques to maintain your focus.
Try and try and try again. Quitting is hard, but relapse doesn’t mean failure. If you keep trying, you will be successful!
Currently many Montana colleges are working on strengthening their tobacco control policies, and a few have already had great success. For instance, Montana Tech in Butte, The University of Montana in Missoula, and UM-Tech in Helena have adopted 100% tobacco-free policies.
MSU-Northern is looking at strengthening the current tobacco control policy due to the overwhelming negative consequences of tobacco use.
Check out Mylastdip.com or call 1-800-QUIT NOW for a variety of resources.