Don't let the tobacco companies mislead you. Take action and join a positive movement, not a negative one (like smoking).
Instead of focusing on your problems, figure out how to be a part of the solution. Channel stress into positive activities that help the LGBT community.
Choose activities that make a statement about what's most important to you and your values. For example, if it's important for you to show confidence, try doing it through your clothes or posture. (not smoking) Self-expression can also mean opening up to friends through your blog, artwork, or music.
Re-introduce yourself to friends you think you only have smoking in common with. If you find you have little in common besides smoking, it's probably time to join a group with people who truly share similar interests.
If you just reduce the amount you smoke you always have a reason to keep smoking, although it can be a good first step for some people on the road to stopping smoking."
To think about how fab it is that I don't smoke any more - and these are much more frequent than the negative times!
"The myths: Smoking relaxes you, makes you calm, makes you happy, makes you cool, tastes amazing especially with a beer. The facts: Smoking causes cancer and other horrible diseases, it is anti-social, it makes you smell horrible, it is really stupidly, ridiculously expensive. There is nothing, not one thing, positive about smoking. There are innumerable positives about stopping."
Nicotine changes the chemistry in your brain, so it’s harder to quit. If you’ve struggled with quitting, it’s not you – it’s the addictive nature of cigarettes. Support from friends and family can increase your chances of quitting, but lots of smokers try to go it alone.
Challenge and find other ways to be sexy: “I can really picture a butch woman standing outside a pub rolling a cigarette...it’s seen as sexy in the lesbian community.”