Have you ever seen John Travolta cast as Danny Zuko in “Grease?” Do you remember that scene when he first looks at Sandy (Olivia Newton-John)? He turns his head with that dangerous slicked back hair and black leather jacket and glances over his shoulder with the stub of a cigarette precariously dangling from his full Italian lips? This image was to become the stuff of teenage fantasy and panty-wetting for the 1980’s and generations to come! Or what about sexy Penelope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” lighting a cigarette, eyebrows knit, concentrating heavily on the task, posing next to a cooly disaffected Scarlett Johannsen in front of a graffitied building in a scene of urban decadence. Those two were too cool for school! No matter how health conscious, we have become as a culture, it would be hard to deny that those scenes would not have had the same allure were it not for the use of the cigarette. One can only speculate as to what would happen if Zuko turned around to Sandy with a carrot dangling from his lips. Looking at Cruz and Travolta, the bad boy allure of the cigarette is all but undeniable, and it is easy to see how the young may fall prey to this filthy habit. However, it eventually becomes apparent that these elegant accessories will never turn us into celebrities, and rather leave us with poor health and a $5/ day habit. If you have been lured by the lie of the cigarette, you are not alone. Luckily, there are alternatives to smoking, and some can be rather sexy as well!
- Chewing Sugar Free Gum
Anyone who has ever seen Pamela Sue Anderson blowing a bubble in a photo shoot can attest to the steaminess of gum chewing. It satisfies the oral fixations and also helps to chase away cravings. Sugarless gum also promotes oral health by keeping the acidity down in your mouth, preventing tooth decay.
- Chew Flavored Toothpicks
This might have worked for Travolta. Like gum, toothpicks will keep your teeth clean and the flavor can last for hours. From peppermint to Tootie fruity, these babies are made from bamboo and are totally organic.
- Eat Dark Chocolate
This would definitely have worked for Cruz. Dark chocolate boosts levels of dopamine and causes pleasure in the brain. Just don’t get addicted to it; as it is not without the calories.
Yoga is a great alternative to smoking because it helps to alleviate stress. It helps you relax without turning to stogies and also helps you stay in shape.
If you are a smoker, running may be the last thing you want to do. However, one positive feature of smoking is that its effects are reversible. Once you quit, you will develop an increase in lung capacity, and running may not seem quite as impossible to you. You may also grow to love the rush of endorphins you will feel after having a good run.Now you have no reason not to quit. Cigarettes may look good in the movies, but they don’t play out nearly as well in real life.