Coffee and driving. Usually both at the same time too! I'm sure I'm not alone but I learned to smoke before I learned to drive and so the two seemed impossible to separate. I had to drive and I wasn't willing to give up coffee so I had to cope.
There were a lot of locked-jaw moments that first month but I knew that in order for it to get better, I had to keep going. When the "oh, just one won't hurt" argument started - usually in the car - I would picture myself walking into the store, standing in line and then buying a PACK of 20 cigarettes (the "just one" myth already out the window!), getting matches and inhaling the first drag. Then feeling the guilt times however many drags are in one cigarette TIMES 20! I knew I'd be at a pack a day in no time. Usually I envisioned that scenario with enough detail that it would get me through the length of a crave.
Also, when you think of how much time passes in the act of buying cigarettes and lighting them - there are so many chances to stop yourself. Before you go into the store, before you get to the counter (or machine), before you exchange the money, before you open the pack and before you set it on fire. I couldn't give myself enough excuses to pass up so many chances to NOT smoke...and it's worked for over three years :)
[B]My Quit Date: [/B]8/5/2004
[B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 1116
[B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 22,320
[B]Amount Saved:[/B] $5,022.00
[B]Days:[/B] 85 [B]Hrs:[/B] 5 [B]Mins:[/B] 36 [B]Seconds:[/B] 20
Smoke Free Days
Cigarettes Not Smoked