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It is very useful to assess your behaviour and your attitude towards cigarettes. The tools in this section will allow you to determine what kind of smoker you are and hence pinpoint the best ways for you to break free from cigarettes.
Here are portraits of five types of smoker to help you paint your portrait with a touch of humour.
Identikit The slightest upswing in stress has him pulling out his pack. If he's not already holding it, he fumbles in his pockets or, if it's a woman, she unconsciously starts rummaging in her purse. For the compulsive, cigarettes are a cure-all, an aspirin – a balm for all the ills of daily living!
Distinctive sign Sometimes smokes two at a time; keeps a pack in the car, another in the briefcase and another one in the office, just in case.
Our advice Above all, have a good support network, because it's on them that you'll be unleashing your waves of ill humour, anguish and despair! If one day you feel like packing the whole thing in, here's a remedy inspired by Olympic champions: on day 1, when you're most motivated, pick a song that spells victory for you. Whenever your motivation is starting to sag, plug in to your music or sing – and remind yourself that the craving to smoke usually lasts only a few minutes.
Identikit For him, cigarettes rhyme with relaxation. A lover of life and everything it has to offer, he puts his cigarettes on the same level as the little pleasures he's so fond of: meals with friends, good wine, port and very strong coffee...
Distinctive sign Sometimes takes deep puffs, the better to “savour” his cigarette.
Our advice Break the pleasure-cigarette association, especially over the first weeks, by leaving the table as soon as the meal ends. At work, take your break elsewhere than where you usually go to smoke. Rather than drinking a coffee, fill up on new flavours by way of little treats: exotic fruit juice, spicy tomato juice, fruit juice, mineral water, spritzer, etc.
Identikit What fascinates him about cigarettes is the gesture. The poetry of smoke rings, the pretty package, the cigarette in the mouth... The romantic is also the smoker who sees himself putting on 20 pounds and who, esthete that he is, prefers to die (literally as well as figuratively) rather than see his waistline expand.
Distinctive sign Holds the cigarette with style. Taps it on the ashtray when making a point, gesticulates with it – and has it hanging from his mouth while he blinks away.
Our advice The first days, always have a substitute object handy to hold: a string of pearls, aromatic woodchips (the cedar ones used in cupboards, for example)… Also slip a pack of gum or baby carrots into your bag: chewing gum or nibbling a vegetable means fewer calories than sucking on candy. Another useful tip for getting rid of the desire to hold a cigarette: have a cinnamon stick handy. It's sweet, pleasant to hold, and best of all, it smells really good!