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How can I keep from smoking when I'm trying to quit?

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  • Tell yourself you are a great person for quitting.
  • Don't focus on what you are missing.
  • When you get the urge to smoke, take a deep breath.
  • Keep your hands busy.
  • Change activities that were connected to smoking.
  • Don't carry a lighter, matches, or cigarettes.
  • Go to places that don't allow smoking
  • Eat low-calorie, healthful foods when you want to smoke.
  • Drink a lot of fluids. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
  • Exercise.
  • Hang out with non-smokers.
  • Get support for quitting.

From: Asthma and Smoking WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking." American Lung Association: "Quit Smoking." Health Resources and Services Administration: "Smoking Cessation." FDA: "FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." Medscape: "Got Asthma? Quit Smoking." American Lung Association: "Quit Smoking." Health Resources and Services Administration: "Smoking Cessation." FDA: "FDA 101: Smoking Cessation Products."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

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