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What can I do to avoid smoking again?

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Change activities that were connected to smoking cigarettes. Take a walk or read a book instead of taking a cigarette break. When you can, avoid places, people, and situations associated with smoking. Hang out with people who don't smoke. Go to places that don't allow smoking, such as the movies, museums, shops, or libraries. Eat low-calorie, good-for-you foods (such as carrot or celery sticks, sugar-free hard candies) or chew gum when the urge to smoke strikes so you can avoid weight gain.

From: Smoking and Heart Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease."

CDC: "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking."

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack."

CDC: "Smoking Cessation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking?"

CDC: "Smoking & Tobacco Use: Heart Disease and Stroke."

Smokefree.gov: "Have You Built a Quit Plan?"

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on November 21, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease."

CDC: "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking."

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk of Heart Attack."

CDC: "Smoking Cessation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking?"

CDC: "Smoking & Tobacco Use: Heart Disease and Stroke."

Smokefree.gov: "Have You Built a Quit Plan?"

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on November 21, 2017

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