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50 Creative (and Crazy) Ways to Quit Smoking Once and for All

This article was first published by NursingSchools.net courtesy of Ken Martin.


Everyone knows that smoking is one of the most unhealthy things you can do to yourself, but still, many people continue to smoke because they simply can’t quit. If you’re struggling to quit smoking, you may be ready to do some crazy things to kick the habit, and we’ve got just the thing for you. These are 50 creative and crazy ways to finally put out the smoke monster.


Here are several healthy things you can do to stop smoking.

  1. Have a heart attack: A smoking-induced heart attack might be just the ticket to finally scare you into quitting.
  2. Get your teeth cleaned: Invest in a good cleaning so that you’ll be sorry to mess up your pearly whites with smoke.
  3. Eat booster foods: Garlic and ginger are good for pulling smoking chemicals out of your body.
  4. Brush your teeth when you want to smoke: Any time you have a craving, just brush your teeth or swish with mouthwash to enjoy a clean feeling instead of smoke.
  5. Become pregnant: Once you are carrying an unborn child who depends on you for its health, you will feel too guilty to light up.
  6. Take up mountain biking: There’s no way you can bike up a mountain as a smoker!


These ideas may provide you with the support you need to kick the habit.

  1. Start a Facebook group: John Mellencamp’s son started a Facebook group, and if it attracts enough people, his father will kick the habit.
  2. Make it a family affair: Ask other smokers in your family to join you in quitting.
  3. Make a bet: Bet one of your smoking friends that if one of you quits for a month, the other has to buy a steak dinner.
  4. Pay a fine: Agree to quit smoking or pay a fine to a friend.
  5. Wear a sign: Wear a sign that asks people not to sell or give you any cigarettes.
  6. Start a blog: Be accountable by telling your quitting story.
  7. Announce you’re quitting on social media: Tell your friends and family of your plans to quit so that they can support-and pester you-about it.

Treatments & Tools

Here are some ways to get help with your goal to quit smoking.

  1. Laser: These lasers are said to produce a reaction like nicotine.
  2. Acupuncture: Acupuncture may be able to help you quit.
  3. Quitter: Use Quitter’s service to track how many cigarettes you smoke each day.
  4. Keep a journal: Each time you get a craving, write about it in your journal to identify your craving triggers.

Sticky Situations

These situations will make it difficult to smoke and easier to quit.

  1. Clean your house: Clean your house and make smoking off limits so you’ll be forced to smoke outside.
  2. Get hired where you can’t smoke: Some workplaces have a strict no-smoking policy, so get hired and quit or get fired.
  3. Go camping: Explore the great outdoors for a few days with your cigarettes purposefully left at home.
  4. Hang out where smoking isn’t allowed: Go to churches, theaters, libraries, and museums.

Distractions & Replacements

Use these methods to run interference against smoking.

  1. Sleep when your cravings are the worst: During bad withdrawl hours, just take a nap.
  2. Chew Milkbones: One woman killed cravings by chewing on Milkbone dog biscuits.
  3. Do something physically engaging: Bike, run or do something else you wouldn’t think to smoke while you’re doing it.
  4. Play games instead: Instead of taking a cigarette break at work, play Solitaire.
  5. Light something else: If you have to light up, do it to a candle or incense.
  6. Take up a new hobby: Combat boredom or loneliness with something you can be passionate about.
  7. Go nuts: Eat a few nuts in their shell when you want to smoke to occupy your hands and mouth.
  8. Play the lottery: Instead of spending money on cigarettes, allow yourself to play the occasional lottery ticket without guilt.
  9. Be more comfortable: If you smoke to feel more comfortable socially, try counseling, public speaking classes, or a makeover.


These ideas will help get smoking out of your head.

  1. Bury your cigarettes: Wrap your packs in a plastic bag and bury it in the backyard so you’ll have to dig them up each time you want a smoke.
  2. Use creative visualization: Imagine cigarettes wearing boxing gloves and beating you up-and you should punch back.
  3. Get hypnotized: Hypnosis can work for some smokers.


Stay motivated to quit smoking with these ideas.

  1. Visit lung cancer victims: Go to the hospital and sit down with patients who have smoke-induced lung cancer, and see what they have to say about smoking.
  2. Spend the money elsewhere: Take the money you’d normally spend on cigarettes, and treat yourself to something fun instead.
  3. Remember other difficult things you’ve conquered: Keep in mind challenges you’ve faced in the past to give yourself confidence.
  4. Look at photos of lifelong smokers: Check out photographs of people who never stopped smoking to see how you’ll look if you don’t quit.
  5. Plan treats: Along each milestone, have a reward prepared to give yourself in return for making it so far without a smoke.
  6. Put your savings in a glass jar: Physically see how much you’re not spending on cigarettes.
  7. Learn about smoking facts: Look up dismal facts about the disadvantages of smoking.
  8. Imagine your children smoking: Each time you want to smoke, think about what your kids would look like smoking-because it’s likely that they will if they grow up with a smoking parent.
  9. Plan a cruise: At the end of a period in which you haven’t smoked, have a reward set up like an Alaskan cruise or visit to an old friend who wants you to quit.

Gross & Painful

Definitely on the crazy end of the spectrum, these methods are gross, maybe even painful, but effective.

  1. Drink baking soda: This woman mixed baking soda in water and it killed her desire to smoke.
  2. Wear a rubber band: Snap a rubber band against your wrist when you want to smoke to associate it with unpleasantness.
  3. Look at smoking disease photos: Check out photos of diseased lungs, mouths, and throats so they’ll be burned into your mind any time you want to smoke.
  4. Keep just one: Hang onto a solitary cigarette and light it when you need a smoke, then extinguish it and save it for later.
  5. Smell some wet cigarettes: Gather up some butts, put some water on them and sniff the mess to gross yourself out about smoking.
  6. Fill a room with smoke: Close off windows and doors, then light a few cigarettes and let them burn to see how gross it is. Be careful to do this with supervision.
  7. Check out YouTube: Watch anti-smoking videos of oral cancers, brains, and more.
  8. Smoke yourself sick: Chain smoke until you’re just sick of it, crush your pack and don’t look back.

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37 Responses to 50 Creative (and Crazy) Ways to Quit Smoking Once and for All

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  2. Wow! This was great. I am not, and have never been a smoker but I know a bunch of people who I will be sending this to. It was also well worth a Retweet!

    You could apply a bunch of these tips in different way to rid yourself of different habits. Well done

  3. This is a great list. While there’s no guarantee that any ONE of the items will motivate you to quit, by selecting several of them, you’re ratcheting up your leverage into a more comprehensive plan, which is a must!

    Also, it’s important to have a plan in place for all the moments when you know you’re the weakest. Some of the ideas on this list could definitely come into play during your challenging moments. Be prepared and, again, you’re increasing your leverage and your chances of quitting permanently.

    Best of luck to all who are struggling with quitting, once and for all.


  4. Miranda Cruz says:

    My dad was a chain smoker back when he was young. He started smoking during highschool. He only stopped smoking when he ad emphysema.

  5. Bob says:

    I’d put “Get a prescription for Chantix” as #1 on the list. This is a lifesaver. Smokers build up an extremely strong physiological dependence, and Chantix is an amazing treatment which minimizes the physical dependence until you the nicotine’s effects are out of your system.

    p.s. “Become pregnant” – very bad advice! Quit first, then get pregnant! A baby is not an experiment in self improvement.

  6. stu says:

    True: a baby is not an eperiment. True, become pregnant for the only selfish reason to quick smoking… not good advice. True: A baby will always change your life; has made me a much better person and most parents i’ve spoken to agree. So not so much Self improvement as it is an opportunity for amazing positive growth as a human being… – “Ready or not,…

  7. Farouk says:

    full of useful tips, thanks for sharing it :)

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  9. ashley says:

    Great tips to quit smoking.use some of these methods to quit smoking.

    Thanks for sharing a nice article!

  10. ashley says:

    I agree with you Bob.Getting pregnant is really a bad advice. If a pregnant women smokes, it affects her child too.

  11. Peter says:

    I love the milk bone idea!

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  13. Anonymous says:

    This is interesting…

    Overcoming Common Drug Rehab Problems

    “Probably one of the most common fears that individuals have
    before they enter treatment is “What will everyone think when they find out I’m
    an addict?” There is a lot of social pressure to appear like you have
    everything together, even when you do not. Always remember, though, that by the
    time you realize you need drug rehab, most of the people close to you will
    already know there is a problem.…”

    Go to http://www.valleyhope.org to Overcoming Common Rehab Problems
    to read more…

  14. Drogers says:

    This is awesome!
    “I love when I see both patient and family member become willing to receive the power of love from each other”,
    Read Vickie’s story at  Drug Addiction Treatment, Power of Love   OR   http://goo.gl/h6SsG .”

  15. drogers says:

    This is very helpful I thought I’d share.

    “Untreated codependents and family members will continue to
    gravitate to relationships with people who have compulsive disorders. I did. If
    we don’t reach out and get help to cope with the emotional pain we feel, our
    futures are predictive and bleak.”

    Go to  Drug Rehab: Family Matters V  
    OR   http://goo.gl/wHFXE 
    to read more.”

  16. Drogers says:

    This is a life changing moment!

    “It is not uncommon for an alcoholic or addict to be admitted
    to one of our treatment facilities totally defeated, devoid of hope, denial
    washed away, resigned to finishing out their remaining time in a chemically
    soaked haze. We know this as the bottom, not the end, but a starting point, a
    place where most addicted people need to get before a life of sobriety is
    possible. We are accustomed to seeing loss of hope and resignation in
    individual people and know what to do to help.”

    Go to  Alcoholism Treatment: 1811 Eastlake, a Sad Street for the
       OR   http://goo.gl/fLMgd  to read more.”

  17. Drogers says:

    This is a life changing moment!

    “It is not uncommon for an alcoholic or addict to be admitted
    to one of our treatment facilities totally defeated, devoid of hope, denial
    washed away, resigned to finishing out their remaining time in a chemically
    soaked haze. We know this as the bottom, not the end, but a starting point, a
    place where most addicted people need to get before a life of sobriety is
    possible. We are accustomed to seeing loss of hope and resignation in
    individual people and know what to do to help.”

    Go to  Alcoholism Treatment: 1811 Eastlake, a Sad Street for the
       OR   http://goo.gl/fLMgd  to read more.”

  18. Drogers says:

    Think about this.

    “When I found myself going
    through some tough times I would say this little prayer: “Lord, I cannot make
    excuses for yesterday and I cannot promise anything for tomorrow, but please
    help me today.” While this may seem elementary, this prayer helped me to take
    the focus off of me and open myself for God to work through my life.”

    Go to 
     Humility, A Cornerstone for Sobriety  
    OR  http://goo.gl/rLlnk
     to read more.”

  19. Drogers says:

    This is interesting

    “A new drug, that appears
    to have started in Russia, is causing quite a bit of alarm. This new drug,
    known by the names Crocodile or Krokodil, is an inexpensive substitute for
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    derivative of morphine. In the public domain, Crocodile and desomorphine are
    synonymous, but in reality, Crocodile refers to a home-made and generally dirty
    form of desomorphine.”

    Check this out at 

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  20. Drogers says:

    Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing!

    “What an eye catching
    statement! In June, I made a retreat at the Benedictine Monastery in Norfolk
    under the direction of Fr. Richard Gielow, CM, a Vincentian priest from
    Independence, Missouri. The theme of this retreat was to keep the main thing,
    the main thing.”

    Check this out at 

     Drug Rehab Centers: “The Main Thing”  
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     to read more.”

  21. Thanks katie. I quit 2 years ago after 50 years of killing myself after i found great way to quite smoking on تبيض اليدين and am now trying to help my partner quit. I am printing this out for sure! Some of them are good and some are so funny that if a smoker laughs hard enough and gets that hacking cough, they just may quit!

  22. LittlePeg says:

    These are really great ideas! I stopped smoking 3 years ago. I have never looked back! When I was ready to quit I called to talk to a doctor. With a little bit of help I was able to quit. I am so glad I did I can tell a huge difference.

  23. Mike says:

    Lot’s of interesting advice on quitting smoking; I went the cold turkey route, from 60 a day to zero. Over 6 months before a had a day without the thought of having a cigarette. But I got there in the end.
    Good luck to all.
    BTW, I set up a site to help would be quitters,

  24. niki says:

    here’s one of fun ways to quit smoking

  25. Tarnished says:

    Some absolutely terrible ideas!
    Apart from the fact many of these are just going to leave you battling with withdrawal so more likely to smoke long-term, and silly tips to make smoking temporarily less appealing, some are absolutely horrific! For example telling people to get pregnant, many smokers cannot quit while pregnant because smoking is an ADDICTION.

    The best advice I can give – use Easyway!

    Easyway is 90% successful, requires no will-power and doesn’t leave you with cravings – although the nicotine is highly addictive the physical addiction isn’t very strong, the mental addiction is what gets you hooked as you believe smoking relieves stress and smoking habits stick, Easyway removes the mental addiction. It’s like reverse brainwashing, you instantly go from a smoker to a non-smoker.

    I smoked 20 p/d for 11 years, I always hated smoking and it almost killed me on a few occasions by causing severe chest infections and contributing to strokes. I tried everything to quit…cold-turkey and cutting down (using various silly tips and tricks like those listed above), NRT (patches, inhalator, lozenges, gum, tabs – both privately and with medical support), Zyban, Chantix, electronic cigarettes, nicotine inhalators, herbal cigarettes, mouthwash that made smoking taste horrible, hypnosis, everything!

    I read the Easyway book after it was recommended by various people online, it didn’t work but I knew the theory was sound…not least of all because I went on to recommend it to five other people who all quit for good. So I decided to go to a seminar instead, I went in feeling sceptical and left thinking ‘I’m just going to go by another pack of cigarettes on the way home’…it never happened, *click* I had gone from a smoker to a non-smoker. I’ve been smoke-free for 6 years, not once have I experienced any sort of withdrawal or craving and no feeling deprived, I can’t even remember how to smoke. It’s magic, I really can’t recommend Easyway enough.

  26. travis says:

    What about the rubber band trick does that work?

  27. Smoking
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    from stress and tension. It meets an inherent need that smokers might not have
    been able to address any other way.Many
    smokers have found the key to quitting is to pass up the nicotine replacement
    pharmaceuticals and go directly into their own sub conscious minds – the centre
    of their beings, to break the cycle of desirability that attracted them to
    smoking in the first place. One way to do this is through hypnotherapy(Joseph R Giove), a method
    that induces a hypnotic, or deeply relaxed state of mind that enables the
    hypnotherapist to create an aversion to smoking through a series of direct
    suggestions.If you are going to use hypnosis to quit smoking, go in with an open mind, sit back, relax and enjoy.

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  30. Sean Ben says:

    Amazing quit smoking tips, really I read it for first time these many tips..I hope they will be effective.

  31. Sean Ben says:

    Wow that are really cool way to quit smokign habit.

  32. Sean Ben says:

    amazing tips on quit smokign but I feel acupuncture is best although painful but it really works.

  33. Marie says:

    Hey guys,

    I love this, just what I need.

    Last year I created http://www.lightersideofsmoking.com with a view to me using it to give up smoking myself.

    Please have a look at it. Not sure of where to go with it now, but it was fun and I do like to write.

    Need to add this to your list:

    Create your own website about smoking.

    Ill add you to my blogroll is that is okay.

  34. No matter where you are at, I’m here to help you. Today is the day your life will be changed forever.

  35. Hello ! Thanks for writing such a good article, I stumbled onto your blog and read your wonderful post. This is very informative and helpful to all those to are thinking to quit smoking. I also like your style of writing.

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  37. Lana says:

    Great article ! Most former smokers say that cold turkey is the best way to quit, but I can’t do it

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