When you are a new non-smoker, someone who has smoked cigarettes for many years but only recently managed to break free of the shackles of nicotine addiction, you will find that temptation is everywhere. The bad news is that you have spent so much time smoking that temptation will never, ever go away. Twenty years down the line, you won’t have thought about tobacco in months, and a certain situation will present itself, and you will have an almost uncontrollable urge to smoke again.
The good news is that those situations will become rarer and rarer as time goes by, and will be easier and easier to ignore. My point is that as an ex-smoker – a term I hate by the way, I much prefer non-smoker – temptation will be everywhere, especially at the beginning. It will be hard enough to avoid what life throws your way, so you can make it easier on yourself by avoiding situations you know will tempt you.
If you are typical smoker, and every smoker is, then you most certainly enjoyed a cigarette after meals. Who doesn’t!? Well, as a non-smoker, you get to keep tasting your food and wine instead of drowning them in smoke, but that is easier said than done.
So at the end of the meal, when you feel like you should be going for that cigarette, just stand up and go brush your teeth. Give your mouth a good, clean taste and your teeth a new shine. By the time you get back from the washroom with your new clean mouth, the urge to smoke a cigarette will almost certainly have passed you by!
Brushing your teeth after eating instead of lighting up a cigarette will actually enhance the delicious meal you have just eaten instead of ruining it with nasty blue and black smoke. Your lungs, and especially your taste buds will be happy you did!