Preparing your home
for quitting smoking

The smell of cigarettes on your furniture and carpeting makes giving up smoking difficult. It’s a great idea to prepare your home for your quit.

1

Remove

Remove everything that could trigger your desire to smoke, such as:

  • Ashtrays.
  • Lighters and matches.
  • Cigarettes.
  • Storage containers associated with cigarettes.
  • Photos of you with cigarettes.

2

Clean

Remove any trace of smoke odor, and any visual reminder of your smoking habit.

  • Clean fabrics that retain the smell of smoke including curtains, clothing, carpeting, rugs, upholstery, sheets, throw blankets, lampshades, and towels.
  • Turn your mattress and vacuum both sides.
  • Replace your pillow.
  • Wipe down all hard surfaces: furniture, walls, windows, mirrors and light fixtures.
  • Open your windows whenever possible so fresh air can circulate.

3

Store

Keep a supply of things that may be helpful to overcome cravings, such as:

  • Healthy snacks, like fruit and raw vegetables
  • Sugar-free gum or sugar-free sweets
  • Nicotine replacement gum or lozenges.
  • Puzzles or games.
  • Books and magazines you’ve been meaning to read.

4

Rearrange

Make changes to your environment that make it harder to smoke.

  • Rearrange or disassemble any space once dedicated to smoking.
  • Create a new personal space in a fresh location in your home.
  • Decorate with upbeat, motivating items such as photos of loved ones and quotes.
  • Turn your home into a smoke-free zone. That means no smoking for anyone!

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