Once you have finally taken the big step to stop smoking cigarettes for good, you have to put every chance on your side so that your decision becomes a permanent lifestyle change. There are many different things you can do to make sure that you stay a non-smoker and don’t fall back into you old, disgusting habits.
The easiest one, of course, is to get rid of all cigarettes, lighters and other smoking paraphernalia. Either throw them out, or give them if you have some nice stuff you don’t want to see in the garbage, but get rid of them. The most important thing when quitting smoking is to develop a clean, safe and comfortable non-smoking environment around you.
That means that you will have to clean all the surfaces and areas that were previously in direct or constant contact with tobacco, such as the places where your ashtrays were situated. Maybe you replace your ashtrays with some nice cut or potted flowers! You will be surprised at much you can enjoy the smell of flowers now that your senses are no longer assaulted by relentless tobacco attacks!
If this is not enough, it is possible that you will have to wash the walls and the windows, but that is a small price to pay to live in a clean, non-smoking environment. It doesn’t necessarily look like it, but nasty cigarette smoke gets into everything, and leaves a sheen of tar and nicotine that is both disgusting and long lasting!
Both at work and at home, strive to remove every single trace of tobacco and cigarettes from your environment. As the number of temptations to go back to your life as a smoker diminishes, so will your determination to never fall back increase. You will then be a genuine non-smoker!
One morning, I over-anticipated the morning traffic and got to work quite a bit early. One hour to kill. I looked the car, I didn’t bring a book, I didn’t bring my sketch book. What could I do to kill 45 minutes? I couldn’t just sit in my car and smoke the whole time, could I?
It had been a couple of days that I had been experiencing some trouble seeing out the windows and had been meaning to book an optometrist appointment. I called in to the optometrist office and left a message with my availability. That’s five minutes killed, now what?
I drove over to my local Canadian tire and bought some cleaning supplies. I was way behind on my cleaning schedule anyway. I still remember that morning, it was one of the first times, I cleaned the windows in my car. At the time, I was still in the habit of smoking with the windows closed and my commute to work was on average one hour. I sprayed the window with Windex and wiped it down with paper towel. Gross. The tar building was so thick on the windows that I had to use nearly half the roll. I targeted one strip at the time. I was amazed at how thick the build-up had gotten. I was shocked to see the damage. I was surprised by how black the accumulation on my windshield was. I had only been driving the car for a couple of months. If there was such a thick build-up on my windshield, imagine the damage I was doing to my body. Awful, I got in that evening with the resolve that I would stop smoking in the car.
Next spring came along, and it was time to clean the windows in my new apartment, and it was same story. From then on, I vowed to only smoke in well ventilated areas. So, if I did give in to my vice, I would either smoke outside and/or made a regular commitment to cleaning thoroughly everywhere including the carpets and windows. The clean smell was a motivation. No-one is perfect but we try. I am assured that if you clean those nicotine stained windows often enough you will want to rid yourself of your cigarette addiction and never look back through those darkened windows again.