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The cravings for nicotine can be intense for the first few days when you stop smoking, but they will get better with time. Here are some tips on how to cope.
Stop what you are doing, and do something else:
This is important when you first quit. Seeing others smoke often makes cravings worse or triggers you to want a cigarette.
Go for a walk, a bike ride, or a swim.
Try deep-breathing exercises or yoga.
Try knitting, reading, or working a puzzle.
Tell yourself you will wait 20 minutes and see if the urge is still there.
These are just a few ideas you can try to see what might work for you. Maybe they will help you think of other things you can do to help when you have cravings.
Current as of:
February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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