Preparing your car
for quitting smoking

Turning your car into a smoke-free zone is a great way to reduce temptation. Here’s how:

1

Remove

Toss everything that could trigger your desire to smoke. This includes:

  • The ashtray. If you don’t want to remove it completely, at least wash it thoroughly and fill it with healthy treats.
  • Lighters, matches and cigarettes.
  • Music that may trigger memories associated with smoking.

2

Clean

Remove the odour of smoke and any visual reminders of your smoking habit.

  • Give your car a thorough cleaning, inside and out. Shampoo the seats and floor mats, scrub the windows and vacuum the trunk.
  • If you have a specific pair of shoes you tend to drive in, either get rid of them or make sure they are deodorised.
  • Hang deodorisers to cover up any residual tobacco smell.

3

Store

Get the things that can help you to overcome cravings when they hit. These could include:

  • A mix of healthy snacks that keep your mouth busy and don’t require refrigeration, such as granola bars, nuts or low-fat popcorn.
  • Nicotine replacement gum or lozenges. Patches can also help provide a background level of craving relief

4

Change your routines

Make small changes that’ll make it harder to smoke. They might include:

  • Turn on your favourite music and sing.
  • Listen to audio books and catchup on the latest best sellers.
  • Since your car is now a smoke-free zone, don't allow anyone to smoke in it, even with the windows open.
  • If you are the passenger, keep your hands busy — use your smartphone to read emails or play a game.

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