NOVEMBER 15, 2018

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event that encourages smokers to quit for at least one day. Last year, hundreds of Oklahomans used FREE Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline services during the event. This year, we can help you, too.

Before the big day, start small with mini-quits. Mini-quits are when you quit for a short period of time before actually quitting for good. They’ll help you cope with the urges to smoke and can make quitting for the long-term easier. Try practicing mini-quits during different activities, especially ones that make you want to smoke.

What Makes You Want to Smoke?

Cravings driving you crazy?

Keep mints or gum in your car to help you steer clear of tobacco.

Does coffee awaken your cravings?

Try changing up your morning routine by enjoying your coffee with a tobacco-free friend.

Do nights out bring your cravings out?

Try hanging out at places where smoking isn’t allowed.

Cravings eating away at you?

If eating a big, delicious meal sparks cravings, try taking a brisk, post-dinner walk instead.

Another small way to make a big difference when quitting? Make some simple lifestyle changes to help you conquer cravings.


Activate your body.

Exercise is a great way to reduce the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Activate your mind.

Listen to music, or try some brain games like a word search or crossword puzzle.

More snores. Less stress.

Put cravings to rest by getting a good night’s sleep.

Calculate your savings.

Add up all the money you’re saving and decide what you’re going to buy with it.

By starting small, you can train your body and mind to fight cravings, build endurance and develop the skills you need to manage cravings. With these tips, your determination and an entire community of support during the Great American Smokeout, you can quit for a day — and beyond.

View more tips to handle tobacco cravings.

REMEMBER: Additional support and resources are always available from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. Visit the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline or call 1-800-QUIT NOW to learn more and create a customized Quit Plan.