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How Can I Avoid Smoking Again?
Don't carry a lighter, matches, or cigarettes. Keep all of these smoking
reminders out of sight.
If you live with a smoker, ask that person not to smoke in your presence,
or better yet, to quit with you.
Don't focus on what you are missing. Think about the healthier way of life
you are gaining.
When you get the urge to smoke, take a deep breath. Hold it for 10 seconds
and release it slowly. Repeat this several times until the urge to smoke is
Keep your hands busy. Doodle, play with a pencil or straw, or work on a
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 nonsmokers or go to places that don't allow smoking, such as the
movies, museums, shops, or libraries.
Don't substitute food or sugar-based products for cigarette smoking. Eat
low-calorie, healthful 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
Drink plenty of fluids, but limit alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. They
can trigger urges to smoke.
Exercise. Exercising will help you relax.
Get support for quitting. Tell others about your milestones with pride.
Work with your doctor to develop a plan using over-the-counter or
prescription nicotine-replacement aids.