Throughout New York State, the advent of spring conjures images of tidying unsightly areas and making preparations for warmer weather. For those who smoke cigarettes, the spring cleaning season can also provide an opportune time to quit and stay tobacco-free.
The addictive power of nicotine makes quitting smoking hard, but support is always available by talking with a healthcare provider and calling the New York State Smokers’ Quitline (Quitline) at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). This spring and any season, to increase the chances of quitting smoking and remaining tobacco-free, the Quitline encourages removing all sights and smells related to tobacco, including cigarette packs and cartons, ashtrays, lighters and tobacco-branded paraphernalia.
The Quitline’s Quit Coaches are available seven days a week beginning at 9 a.m. and are trained in assisting callers to develop a quit-plan through personalized coaching support, to overcome cravings and to properly use nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gum and lozenges. With the winter season drawing to a close, the Quit Coaches offer the following tips on how to leverage spring cleaning for successful smoking cessation:
“Reinvent the spaces where you once smoked. Add plants, install a fish tank, paint the walls – anything to change the room’s purpose.” – Troy S.
“A mixture of a little white vinegar with water can create a wipe that helps eliminate the smell of smoke residue indoors. Also, add essential oils to a spray bottle or an ultrasonic diffuser. Instead of cigarettes, you can smell lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus!” – Rita S.
“Remember to thoroughly clean your winter clothes before packing them away, and do likewise as you bring out spring and summer outfits. Fabric softener and – if needed – dry cleaning will get rid of the smell of stale cigarettes.” – Tom W.
“If you smoke in your vehicle, get it professionally detailed. Then, strive to keep it clean and smelling fresh as you stay tobacco-free.” – Caitlin H.
Besides calling 1-866-NY-QUITS, smokers and their loved ones can access Quitline resources anytime online at www.nysmokefree.com for additional smoking cessation tools and tips.