Using an e-cigarette can give you something to hold like a normal cigarette, which is great if you need to keep your hands busy and distracted.
Chewing nicotine gum is a discrete way to keep your cravings at bay and is available in two different strengths to help with your addiction.
Use nicotine spray for the fastest way to get nicotine into your blood stream. It’s great if you get sudden urge to smoke and need something quick.
Champix and Zyban are tablets that you take regularly to prevent cravings. If you take them as prescribed, you shouldn’t feel like you want a cigarette.
Replace the pattern
Smoking when you’re bored is usually part of pattern. You come home and have nothing to do, so you take out a cigarette. Instead, plan to take out a book, a game or an activity you can do for 10 minutes.
Keep your hands busy
Stop your hands from getting bored and craving the feeling of a cigarette by taking up an activity like drawing or knitting, squeezing a stress ball, flipping a coin or anything else where you need to use your fingers.
Getting up and about is one of the best ways to fight off boredom of any kind, and it will definitely help distract you from thinking about a cigarette. Go for a walk, a run, a bike ride, anything to get active and focus your thoughts.
Change your routine
You might find that there are certain times of the day when you’re more likely to be bored, so change your routine. If you know you get bored around 9pm, plan to exercise or meet a friend at 8.30pm.
Challenge your brain
Your mind can also get bored, and when it does, you can start to think about smoking. Keep your mind occupied with activities like reading, puzzles and problem-solving activities.
Make a to-do list
The most important thing you can do when you feel bored and start to crave a cigarette is to do something else. Have a to-do list on hand, and then you can get up and do one of the actions on it, instead of smoking.