Tobacco cravings can be hard to cope with when you’re trying to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, but a recent study showed that smokers who tried quitting did end up kicking their habit for good. Follow the tips below from Phyllis Jester, Tobacco Cessation Specialist at Riddle Hospital, to stay on track, resist your cravings, and finally live a smoke-free, healthier lifestyle.
Admit to yourself that cravings are going to happen, but arm yourself with gum, water, or a healthy snack. Call a friend who can support you when you feel a craving coming on, and avoid trigger situations where you would be likely to smoke, like going outside or a morning cup of coffee.
Many people worry about gaining weight once they quit smoking. Combat extra calories by going to the gym or for a walk. If you can’t work out, get on your feet to do something, whether it’s walking to a co-worker’s desk rather than picking up the phone or filing papers. This added activity can also give you a mood boost and help curb cravings.
Find a replacement
Many quitters turn to nicotine replacements as a substitute for cigarettes. Different types of nicotine therapy include patches, gums, lozenges, nasal sprays, and inhalers.
Try something new
There are a number of alternative treatment options available for quitters who want to try something new. Look for information on acupuncture, hypnosis, or aromatherapy, which have been said to help quitters avoid cravings.
If you want to quit, make sure your close family and friends, especially other smokers, know about it. When someone else is aware of your goal, they can help you stick to it. Make sure you throw away any visual triggers that might prompt you to smoke, like lighters or ashtrays.
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