How to Make Your World Smoke Free

Restrictions and bans on smoking in public places like bars and restaurants have made it easier for nonsmokers to avoid second-hand smoke. You will live a healthier life in a smoke-free world. Learn how to make your world smoke-free to steer clear of the dangers of second hand smoke.

Steps

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    Look for signs that designate permitted smoking areas in public buildings.
    • Public places like libraries and hospitals provide small sheltered areas for smokers. Take note of these areas and use entrances as far away from them as possible.
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    Establish boundaries.
    • Create a smoke-free environment by setting ground rules against smoking in your car or home. Explain to friends and family members that you're striving to protect yourself against the dangers of second-hand smoke and set a rule that no smoking is permitted in or near the places you own.
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    Wear a mask.
    • Invest in a face mask that covers your mouth and nose to avoid smoke in public. An inexpensive mask will filter out toxins and carcinogens from the air you breathe and can be worn easily when you're traveling to public places like bus stops where smoking is likely to occur.
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    Socialize selectively.
    • Avoid associating with smokers to keep the dangers of second-hand smoke out of your world. This might seem harsh, but explain to those who ask that you're protecting your personal health and trying to associate with similarly health-conscious people.
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    Create an alternative for smokers.
    • Designate one area outside your home where smoking is permitted if you feel that banning smoking altogether is too harsh. Make this a place that you don't visit and you can avoid walking through. A tool shed in the backyard or someone's work room are options where loved ones can smoke and you can avoid.
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    Encourage others to quit.
    • Alleviate the presence of smoke in your world by encouraging family members and friends to quit smoking. Helping them find ways to kick the habit will be healthier for both of you. The fewer smokers you're surrounded by, the easier it will be to live in a smoke-free world.
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    Clean smoke residue.
    • Thoroughly clean your house and car to get rid of residual smoke odors and carcinogens. Use a steam cleaner on carpets and upholstery and scrub walls and windows that have become discolored by smoke.

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Categories: Addictions | Smoking Addictions