Things to Do Besides Smoking

101 Things To Do Besides Smoking

When you experience a craving, you may find you can take your mind off of smoking by distracting yourself. Use the list of activities below for ideas to help ward off cravings, then make your own list of favorite things to do that you know will help keep you focused and moving forward toward success.

  1. Call a friend
  2. Watch a movie
  3. Play with your cat
  4. Eat crunchy, fresh vegetables
  5. Eat a piece of candy
  6. Chew on a toothpick
  7. Organize a place in your house
  8. Write a friend an email
  9. Clean the house
  10. Pull weeds or plant flowers in your garden
  11. Take a walk around the block
  12. Take a long bike ride
  13. Do a crossword puzzle
  14. Play a game with a friend
  15. Read a story to your kids
  16. Do an arts and crafts project
  17. Take a relaxing bath
  18. Bake your favorite cookies or cake
  19. Go grocery shopping
  20. Take a ride in the car
  21. Put on your favorite CD
  22. Take your dog for a walk
  23. Read or reread a favorite book
  24. Wash and vacuum your car
  25. Learn how to knit
  26. Take a boat ride
  27. Organize your computer files
  28. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure
  29. Try out a new hair-do
  30. Walk around the mall
  31. Chew gum
  32. Do a jigsaw puzzle
  33. Breathe deeply!
  34. Drink a cold glass of water or milk
  35. Look through your cookbooks for ideas
  36. Do the dishes
  37. Take a nap
  38. Exercise
  39. Give someone you love a hug
  40. Clean out the refrigerator
  41. Channel your thoughts into something constructive like a new hobby or volunteer work
  42. Spend the money you saved by not smoking
  43. Eat a popsicle
  44. Balance your checkbook
  45. Go to the library
  46. Read a magazine
  47. Play catch with someone
  48. Plan a vacation
  49. Play a musical instrument
  50. Call a family member
  51. Brush and floss your teeth
  52. Spend time with your family
  53. Give yourself a treat every day you have successfully not smoked
  54. Sing loudly
  55. Go to a museum
  56. Play a card game
  57. Explore your genealogy
  58. Go get the mail
  59. Make a dinner reservation
  60. Play a video game
  61. Visit a retirement home
  62. Revisit your motivations for why you quit
  63. Take photographs
  64. Make a scrapbook
  65. Paint a room in your house
  66. Write a letter
  67. Clean out your closets
  68. Organize your boxes of pictures
  69. Go fishing
  70. Alphabetize your CD rack
  71. Take a shower
  72. Watch the sunrise
  73. Take a day trip
  74. Do a load of laundry
  75. Make a healthy snack
  76. Go swimming
  77. Plant a tree
  78. Work on your car
  79. Learn something new
  80. Run in place
  81. Pick up litter
  82. Write a poem
  83. Go bowling
  84. Go antique shopping
  85. Eat a hot fudge sundae
  86. Play mini-golf
  87. Play in the snow or rain
  88. Wax the car
  89. Drink a cup of tea
  90. Share a kiss with your significant other
  91. Go hiking
  92. Treat yourself to a massage
  93. Call a radio show and request a song
  94. Organize your garage or basement
  95. Go to an amusement park
  96. Cut the grass
  97. Take a walk in the woods or park
  98. Visit the beach
  99. Enjoy a sunset
  100. Make a greeting card for someone you care about
  101. Write a list of things you are grateful for

Smoking Fact

Smoking low-tar or low-nicotine cigarettes appears to have little effect on reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.