If you’re a smoker, the likelihood is that you’re familiar with the risks to your health. You’ll have seen warnings on every packet of tobacco or box of cigarettes you’ve picked up since 2005. For some people, however, this simply isn’t enough to help them kick their habit and quit for good.
But just because you’re willing to shoulder the health hazards yourself, it doesn’t mean you want those you share a house with to have to do the same. That’s why lots of dads who struggle to stop search around for alternatives to keep their homes a smoke-free zone.
If you’re among them, here are a few ideas to help you out.
Have a ‘no smoking indoors’ rule
We’re sure you’ve already considered this yourself, but it’s often handy to set some ground rules and to make sure everybody who visits is aware of them, too.
These extend not just to you, but to anyone who steps foot through your door, from your chain-smoking sister to good old uncle Joe. Should you ever be tempted to break them, remind yourself of what’s at stake: the long-term health and wellbeing of the ones you love most.
When you think about it that way, stepping outside and into the cold whilst you finish your cigarette doesn’t seem like such a hardship, does it?
Create a smoking area outdoors
One of the main reasons people are tempted to have the odd cigarette indoors is because being outside can be unpleasant.
When the wind is howling and the rain is pelting down, no one wants to find themselves exposed to the elements, so find a way to make it a bit more enjoyable for yourself.
Whether you create a custom den in your backyard or just adapt an old shed for the purpose, give yourself a place to shelter from the worst of the weather so that taking yourself into the garden isn’t such a hardship.
Swap cigarettes for snus
One of the problems with cigarettes is that they involve blowing smoke out into the atmosphere, potentially harming not only your own health but that of your children and anyone else who shares a house with you.
One way to avoid this is by swapping your usual brand for snus. A tobacco-based product that comes either loose or in portions, this is placed under the top lip, to give you a hit without having to light up.
Perfectly safe to ingest indoors, you can find a full explanation of how to use it and store it here.
Invest in an e-cigarette
Although e-cigarettes have proven controversial in recent years, they can also be used to ensure your home remains a smoke-free zone.
Widely marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes, they have grown in popularity since their inception and can be a good first step towards quitting completely. They’re even available in a range of different and sometimes delicious flavors.
Follow our four top tips today and make your home a safer place for the people who matter most to you.