The cravings for nicotine
can be intense for the first few days when you stop smoking, but they will get
better with time. Here are some tips on how to cope:
Use nicotine gum, lozenges, or an inhaler.
Distract yourself. Stop what you are doing, and do something
Try to stay away from other smokers, at least in the beginning of your quit. Seeing others smoke often makes cravings worse or triggers you to want a cigarette.
Stay away from cigarettes, or, better yet, get rid of them.
Remind yourself why you stopped smoking.
that most cravings do go away after 20 minutes.
Take a bath.
Get active. Go for a walk, a bike ride, or a
Drink a glass of water.
Suck on a piece of hard
Listen to music.
Chew on a toothpick or a piece
Relax! Try deep-breathing exercises or yoga.
a puzzle or some other activity that uses your hands.
Take on a household task.
What else works?
Use the space below to add to the
list of things that help you get through a craving.
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September 09, 2014
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