Quit Smoking Cigarettes - Tips and Tricks

Edited by Bobby-Jo Keats, Eng

If you're ready to quit smoking it is important to plan ahead and remain steadfast in your determination to do so in order to avoid a relapse. This includes preparing yourself for everything from getting through the cravings to replacing your old habit with new, healthier ones. The following tips and tricks can help you not only kick the habit, but keep you from relapsing and lighting up again in the future.

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Tips and Tricks to Conquer Cravings

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    Realize that your craving for a cigarette will only last about 3 - 5 minutes. It is important to note that the intensity of your cravings will not last very long, although it may seem like an eternity at first. Each time you successfully get through a craving without a cigarette, the cravings will get less and less intense when they hit.
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    Exercise. Exercising is a great way to replace smoking. It causes the release of endorphins in the brain which make you feel good and is a good substitute for the short-lived gratification of lighting up.
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    Avoid stress. If you are used to having a smoke whenever you get stressed out, try to avoid stress or any triggers you know of for the first few weeks after quitting. Also, you can prepare alternative stress-management options ahead of time.
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    Drink lots of water. This will help reduce cravings and clear out toxins from your body. Instead of reaching for a cigarette during a craving, reach for a water bottle instead.
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    Chew gum or have a candy. Especially during the onset of a craving, chewing a piece of gum or sucking on a candy can help to distract you from smoking. There are also sugar-free varieties if you are worried about your sugar intake.
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    Avoid others who smoke. When you are fighting a craving, remove yourself from situations where other people are smoking. This will help you get past the craving without smelling the cigarette or watching other people smoke.
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    Eat raw vegetables and avoid processed foods. Raw vegetables, particularly those high in protein can help clear toxins from your body which cause cravings. So eat healthy foods and avoid those that are high in saturated fats or high in sugar.
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    Make your choice to quit smoking public. Telling others about your decision will help you to maintain your determination because it forces you to be accountable. Nobody likes others to see them fail so by letting others know, you have all the more reason to avoid the temptation to smoke again.
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    Write down your reasons for quitting. By writing down on paper your reason to stop smoking, you can easily recall why you decided to quit in the first place and maintain your resolve. When you experience a craving, go through the reasons in your mind and it will help you focus on the benefits not smoking will have on your life.
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    Breathe. If you feel a craving coming on, breathe through it. Slow, deep breathing will help to relax you and center your focus on something other than the craving itself. Breathing exercises also help to strengthen the lungs and reduce stress.
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    Put all the money you save from not smoking in a jar. It is easy to forget how much smoking actually costs so putting the money you didn't spend on cigarettes in a jar and putting it somewhere you can see will help to strengthen your resolve. Plus, you can reward yourself by purchasing something nice for yourself once you have accomplished your goal.
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