How do I rearrange my laundry room to avoid slip-ups when quitting smoking?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When you are getting ready to quit smoking, try to avoid, at least for now, the environment where you used to smoke. It's all part of the plan to get rid of any triggers. Triggers are the people, places and things that put you in the mood to smoke or that were part of your smoking ritual.

But if one of your triggers is your laundry room, obviously you can't avoid that. Instead, do a little laundry room makeover to remove the smoking triggers. Put a picture of your kids in the place where you stored your cigarettes. Move your shelving around and add a few embellishments and adornments here and there so it looks like a different room. Hopefully the urge to smoke won't register when you go in to wash a load.
If you used to smoke in the laundry room, get rid of all triggers including ashtrays, lighters and matches. Because smoke gets into carpeting and drapes and may cause a residual odor in a room, get rid of the smoky smell with a deodorizer. Limit your activities in that room to what it's meant for -- doing laundry.

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