Quitting Smoking: How To Resist Tobacco Cravings

By Vaibhavi Dahake

April 19, 2021

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Deciding that you are now ready to quit smoking is only half the battle. Knowing where to start on your path to becoming smoke-free can help you to take the leap. Here are some tips on how to resist tobacco cravings.

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Find Your Reason Write down all the reasons that have made you decide to quit smoking, and carry them with you in case you need reminding.To get motivated, you need a powerful, personal reason to quit.

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Make a plan to quit smoking Make a promise, set a date and stick to it. A little preparation can help you get into the mindset to quit smoking.

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Nicotine replacement therapy, such as nicotine patches, chewing gum or inhalers, could be a good idea for those who smoke heavily or who feel they may need the extra help.

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Medicines can curb cravings and may also make smoking less satisfying if you do pick up a cigarette. You can take prescription pills, they can ease withdrawal symptoms, such as depression or problems with concentration.

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Avoid Alcohol and Other Triggers When you drink, it’s harder to stick to your no-smoking goal. So try to limit alcohol when you first quit. Or if you used to smoke before coffee then switch to tea.

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Focus on the Present If you find yourself feeling panicked about your smoke-free future, pull out of it by focusing your attention only on the day you have in front of you. Think about future.

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Get as much support as you can from family, friends and work colleagues. Let them know you are planning to quit smoking, and ask smokers not to smoke around you or offer you cigarettes.

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Be motivated always If you find you are losing motivation to quit, remind yourself of the many medical and financial benefits of quitting

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