A few days after quitting smoking, you might notice food tasting more flavourful, and smells stronger. Turns out, your senses of taste and smell recover after you quit smoking, and you might experience tastes and smells more intensely.

So, what better way to celebrate your smoke-free life by indulging your “heightened” senses? Here are some fun activities that engage your renewed sense of taste and smell.

1. Learn How to Make Scents

You might have used fragrance to mask the smell of cigarette smoke before you quit. Now that you’ve stubbed out the habit, why not learn to appreciate the smell of perfume by joining a perfumery class?

Take a whiff of the fragrant essential oils, find out how perfumes are created, and even concoct your unique scent to complement and commemorate your smoke-free life!

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2. Smell the Roses…

…and all the other flowers at the Flower Dome in Gardens by the Bay. Be amazed by the scents and sights while enjoying the cool air-conditioned glasshouse.

Increase your step count and explore all the different sections, and breathe in the sweet floral fragrances and fresh air. Some notable plants to check out include the rare King Sugar Bush flower in the South African Garden, and the curious Monkey Puzzle Tree in the South American Garden.

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3. Bring the Garden Home

Wish to bring the scents of the garden into your home? Attend a gardening workshop to learn how to grow and care for your own fragrant flowers.

For those who haven’t got a green thumb, why not join a class to build your own terrarium? These mini gardens in a bowl don’t take up much space and are easy to tend to. Plus they freshen the air up with an earthy scent — fresh air for a fresh start to your smoke-free life!

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4. Cook Up a Storm

Enjoy food? Indulge your recovered taste buds and pick up a useful skill at the same time with a cooking class. Enrol in a cooking class at your nearest Community Centre: check out OnePA for a wide selection of available classes.

Cook and eat your way through different cuisines, from local favourites in an Asian cuisine cooking class to more exotic flavours in the Italian cooking class. Or even learn how to bake different types of breads.

Of course, remember not to overeat (hint: use My Healthy Plate as a guide). A good way to eat smaller portions is to share your culinary creations with your loved ones!

Check out these healthy recipes to whip up a yummy, nutritious meal for your family.

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5. Take a Tasty Trip

If you’re not fond of cooking, you can still celebrate your renewed sense of taste by café-hopping around the island. With new cafés serving social media-worthy food popping up all the time, you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Grab your family or friends, and give them a little treat to commemorate your achievement in quitting smoking.

Watch your waistline by seeking out healthier dining places. A good place to start is by going to eateries that participate in the Health Promotion Board’s Healthier Dining Programme: these places offer meals that are less than 500 calories and serve dishes prepared in healthier ways (e.g. less sugar, less salt, healthier oils).

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6. Yummy Yumcha (Drinking Tea)

Prefer something more traditional? Give tea tasting a try! With your better senses of taste and smell, you might be able to better appreciate the subtle differences among different types of tea leaves, and enjoy the gentle aroma of teas.

Such teas are also high in antioxidants, and regular consumption may even help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Whether you’re a nature-lover or a foodie, there are many ways you can savour your new smoke-free life, so go ahead and celebrate your quitting achievement!

Resources for Quitting

Join the I Quit 28-Day Countdown now! Call QuitLine at 1800 438 2000 for support, and visit participating retail pharmacies for advice that can help you quit.

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