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Tips to Curb Nicotine Cravings

Cravings usually last about 10 minutes, and each time you don’t give in you are closer to quitting for good. Avoid triggers. For example, if you used to smoke while on the phone, try drawing or doodling instead. Get a timer, don’t give in right away.  Try waiting 10 minutes; find a distraction. Chew something such as sugar-free gum, or carrot or celery sticks. Run up and down the stairs.  Sometimes a short burst of exercise can curb a craving.  Call or text a friend for support.  Try ways to reduce stress, such as deep-breathing, meditation, yoga, music, massage, etc.  Finally, review your reasons for quitting; they provide great motivation.

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