Smoking and Heart Disease - Avoiding

In what ways do you avoid the urge to smoke?

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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 gone.

  • Keep your hands busy. Doodle, play with a pencil or straw, or work on a computer.

  • 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 gain.

  • 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.
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