Smoking, it’s time to nip it in the butt!
We all know that smoking is one way to shorten your life expectancy, yet Canada’s tobacco industry is one of the largest (and most profitable) markets in the country. That also doesn’t stop the 4.6 million Canadians from purchasing trillions of cigarettes each year.
If you’re looking to quit smoking, or perhaps just cut back on the number of cigarettes you smoke, we’re here to lend a hand! From getting skinny to getting rich and beautiful, it’s time you quit smoking and time you pick up these healthier (and less cancerous) habits!
Get Yourself Well-Versed
Sounds odd, but it’s a great distraction. When was the last time you completed reading a book? If the answer is “I can’t remember,” then grab a book and read a chapter every time that nicotine craving kicks in. Whether it’s a self-help book, or the last book in the Harry Potter series that you never got around to finishing, hitting the books will help keep your brain sharp and in check.
Yearning for that midday stress-relief smoke? Hit the gym on your lunch break instead to destress. Whether you go for a 12 o’clock yoga class or kickboxing after dinner, let out the steam by getting more active. You’ll burn some calories, forget that cigarette, and end up with a hot bod!
If you smoke to get skinny, stop. It’s time to get healthy the right way. Instead, gravitate to vegetables that mimic the shape of a cigarette — think baby carrots, celery, and cucumbers sliced vertically. Every time you’re craving a smoke, whether it’s due to boredom or just habit, swap that cigarette for a few slices of your favourite vegetables. That way you’re snacking during the daytime, filling yourself up with healthier options. If veggies aren’t your thing, try these healthy snacks. Bonus points: you actually lose calories eating celery.
Smoking is ridiculously expensive. Like I’m-in-debt expensive. Open up another savings account and every time you feel the need to buy a pack of smokes, put the money you’d otherwise spend on smoking into your new trust fund and see how much you’ve saved at the end of the month. Put that money towards an all-inclusive vacation or start investing in a few stocks! In the words of the famous rapper 50 Cent, “Get rich or die tryin” — how about we opt for the former?
Treat yo’self to being beautiful, boo. Smoking browns your teeth, wrinkles your skin, and makes you smell bad. ‘Nuff said.
If you’ve recently quit smoking, what are some healthier habits you’ve picked up? Let Vv Magazine know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.