One important aspect to successfully quitting cigarettes is good preparation.
You need to pick a quit date, let friends and family know, pick a support system and identify possible smoking triggers.
An often overlooked form of prep is getting rid of all physical reminders of smoking, including your cigarettes, matches, ashtrays, and lighters. Getting rid of these items will make things clean and fresh at work‚ in your car‚ and at home, which is great since even the smell of cigarettes can cause a craving.
While trashing all smoking related items, it’s not a bad time to get all “Marie Kondo” and organize your living space. Organizing your home or office is a great way to distract yourself from nicotine cravings.
When disposing of all the unwanted smoking related gear in your home, you want to make sure you do it in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
If you want to throw the lighter away in your regular trash, you’ll need to use up all of the fluid inside of it first. Don’t open the lighter and flush the gas down the drain, it can be harmful to septic systems and the environment.
Ashtrays made of glass or plastic should be rinsed and placed in the recycling bin, not the trash. Unused matches should be soaked in cold water for a few minutes and tossed in the trash.
You can ship your old cigarettes to this company. They’ll recycle your cigarettes and give you points toward charitable donations.
Before you start your quit, do your preparation, including getting rid of any physical reminders of smoking. Good luck!