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You can easily learn the art of substitution. How many times have you started to light up a cigarette, been distracted, and put it off for several minutes? That’s substitution.It can be one of the strongest tools you have to break your habit and quit. It’s easy and it’s free.

The next time you feel the urge to smoke, distract yourself with some other activity. Instead of lighting up, wait, make a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. On second thought, stay away from the coffee, that may be to close an association with smoking and more of an incentive rather than a substitution.

Have a glass of milk, read the label on the milk carton. Really concentrate on the steps to make a cup of tea as you are doing it – fill the kettle with water, light the stove, boil the water, find the tea, get a cup and saucer. Other things you can do are read a book, talk to you cat, do anything that will take your mind off of smoking.

Even if it is only for a few minutes. Count this a success. It shows that you really didn’t need that cigarette. Now, each time you feel you want to smoke, just repeat the idea of substituting. Answer the phone. Make a phone call you’ve been putting off. Talk to your boss. If you are doing it right, kudos to you! You still haven’t lit up that cigarette.

Try substitution, a very effective method described here.