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What relaxation techniques can help you reduce stress while you quit smoking?

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Have you tried yoga, deep breathing exercises, and meditation? These are just a few ways to help you focus on the here and now. It’s a skill that comes in handy when you need to get through the cravings for a cigarette. No one technique works for everyone, so try a few to see what you like. If possible, get comfortable with a few stress reduction techniques before your quit date.

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Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Bruce S. Rabin, MD, PhD, medical director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Healthy Lifestyle Program.

Scott McIntosh, PhD, associate professor of community and preventive medicine, University of Rochester, New York; director, Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center.

Asztalos, M. , published online Dec. 17, 2009. Public Health Nutrition

Addiction , December 2008; vol 103: pp 2024-2031.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

SOURCES: 

Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Bruce S. Rabin, MD, PhD, medical director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Healthy Lifestyle Program.

Scott McIntosh, PhD, associate professor of community and preventive medicine, University of Rochester, New York; director, Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center.

Asztalos, M. , published online Dec. 17, 2009. Public Health Nutrition

Addiction , December 2008; vol 103: pp 2024-2031.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

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