Trying to quit smoking? Want to cut back on cigarettes? Perhaps just looking to save some money on cigarettes? Whether you want to quit smoking cigarettes or just cut back and save money on cigarettes, these top 10 tips should get you on your way.
Cigarette smoking is quickly becoming a more and more expensive and inconvenient habit. With cigarette prices going through the roof in recent years, as well as new smoking laws preventing you to smoke when and where you want, now is a great time to consider cutting back and saving some cash...and your lungs. And with the addition of the new fire safe chemical, that's just one more reason you might want to cut back. Plus, it never hurts to save some money, especially in these uncertain times.
There are many different methods to cut back and/or save money on cigarettes. In this article I will present 10 different methods to either quit smoking, cut back or save money on cigarettes, or all three. Whichever method you choose to use is up to you. Different strokes for different folks as they say. Out of all these methods to choose from, you're bound to find one that works for you.
These steps aren't in any particular order at all. Read them all and pick whichever one sounds best to you.
#10 Buy Cheap Cigarettes
Every smoker has their brand of choice, but in the end it doesn't matter. A cigarette is a cigarette is a cigarette. They're all terrible for you. Try switching brands and buy some cheap cigarettes. Sure, it might not taste the same, but they will still satisfy your craving just as well and you'll be saving money. The main reason the expensive brands taste "better" is because of certain chemicals they add to them. You are addicted to nicotine, not any of the other 100+ chemicals. Next time, go for the cheap brand. You could be killing 2 birds with 1 stone with this option. For one, they're cheaper. And two, they don't taste as good so you might not smoke as much.
Other options related to this method include looking for cigarette discounts online, or even in stores, or getting wholesale cigarettes either online or in stores. There are lots of cigarette coupons and discounts out there that save you a decent chunk of money over time. You can buy wholesale cigarettes online or in stores by the carton.
If you smoke a pack a day of the expensive brands, you could save up to $45 a month smoking the cheap-o's.
#9 Try Smoking Alternatives
Snus is a smokeless, chewless, spitless tobacco product that comes in small pouches and taste like candy. They are a smoking alternative. Just pop one in your lip and that's it. They sell for about half the price of a name-brand cigarette, and you can use them anywhere because you don't have to spit. Also with this smoking alternative, you'll be giving your lungs a much needed break. Give them a try* and maybe eventually you'll break your smoking habit for good.
#8 The Distraction Method
This is sometimes easier said than done, but this is one of the healthier options for cutting back on cigarettes. You can try the old technique of chewing gum or sunflower seeds, or just finding a hobby to distract you. One distraction method that works fairly well is everytime you're on your computer and you get a craving, look up some information on how bad smoking is for you and read it. Sometimes these kind of things will temporarily turn you off to smoking.
#7 Set Your Own Smoke Breaks
This is good practice for quitting smoking or just cutting back. Instead of always having a full pack of cigarettes on you, ration them out throughout the day. Just have a few on you at a time. Another way is to make an effort to only smoke every x amount of hours. This is another one of those "easier said than done" methods. It takes a lot of will power and self control, but it works.
#6 Nicotine Patches/Gum/Lozenges
Nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenges have all been around for quite some time. Since they were first introduced, many smokers have found relief in these products. Nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges can be used both to cut back on cigarettes as well as quitting smoking for good. While this method won't neccesarily cure your nicotine addiction, they do help you kick the "habit" aspect of smoking cigarettes, and they give your lungs a break. The nicotine itself isn't that bad for you, but the smoke and over 100 added chemicals sure are.
In the 21st century, there is a medication for everything. Whether it's your restless legs, or your short eyelashes, there's a medicine for it. Nicotine addiction is no different.
Chantix is a new drug that has come out to help smokers quit for good. Many smokers who didn't even have a full desire to quit still found success using Chantix. While Chantix does seem t o be a hot new method, Chantix is not for everyone and the use of it should be discussed with your doctor first. People with depression or anxiety problems may find success in quitting smoking with Chantix, however, Chantix has recently been shown to induce suicidal thoughts and depression in some patients. Chantix may seem like a new miracle cure, but like with any medication, the side effects sometimes outweigh the original problem.
Many Smokers have found hypnosis to be a very effective method to quit smoking cigarettes. Hypnosis in this sense is relatively safe, but the results vary immensely. Successful hypnosis is largely dependent on several factors. The hypnotist is not always going to be able to get you "under his spell". The person being hypnotized also has to have the right mindset before they even walk in the door. If you're really looking to quit smoking cigarettes, hypnosis is actually a pretty good method to at least give an honest try. Most hypnosis success comes from subjects who desperately want to quit smoking for good. If there's still a part of you that wants to smoke, hypnosis will likely not be too much help for you.
#3 Roll Your Own Cigarettes
In my personal experience, if you're trying to cut back or save money on cigarettes, rolling your own is the most effective method. There are more benefits with this method as well. You save a lot of money, and you might end up smoking less because of how time consuming it is. You can also make the cigarettes as big or as little as you want. Go to your local tobacco shop and pick up a carton of tubes, a bag of tobacco, and a cigarette maker. Cigarette makers range in price between $5-$60. I got the cheap $5 one and it works fine for me.
If you smoke a pack a day, you could save up to $150 a month or more* on cigarettes using this method! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, RJ Reynolds.
* (Check the Tips & Warnings section below for a secret to save you more money)
#2 Buy An Electronic Cigarette
This new contraption is growing in popularity and has a pretty good success rate. These smoking alternatives are cigarette look-alikes that allow you to inhale and exhale visible water vapor, making it feel like you are smoking. You can buy electronic cigarettes online and this method will help you to quit for good.
#1 Quit Cold Turkey
It has been said that quitting smoking cold turkey is the most effective method to say good-bye to the cigarettes. Although, it has also been said that the average smoker tries and fails to quit smoking at least 7 times before succeeding.
Quitting cigarettes cold turkey is not always easy for some smokers. Recent studies have shown that some smokers have a chemical imbalance in their brain that makes it considerably harder for them to quit smoking than others. Quitting cigarettes cold turkey is by far the cheapest and safest method in this list, but the success rate is virtually indeterminable. One thing to keep in mind if you choose to quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey is that studies show nicotine cravings almost completely vanish after going 2-3 days without smoking a cigarette. In theory, if you can quit for just 2 days, you can quit forever.
Tips & Warnings
* If you're rolling your own cigarettes, buy a bag of "pipe tobacco" instead of "cigarette tobacco". They are essentially the exact same tobacco except the pipe tobacco is longer cut and is about 75% cheaper due to the fact that it's in a different tax class.
* Smoking is horrible for your health. Quit now while your lungs still have a chance. They can heal themselves up pretty nicely after 7 years of being smoke-free.
* Snus are not necessarily a safe alternative to cigarettes as they carry the risk of mouth cancer, gum disease, throat cancer, and stomach cancer. However, they do give your lungs a break.