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15+ Tips to Distract Yourself From Smoking

When somebody has a craving for a cigarette, they are experiencing nicotine withdrawal. A craving only lasts 3 -5 minutes. So, to keep you on track with your commitment to quit smoking, below are 15 things to get you through a craving.

1

Go for a walk

Go for a walk

Short bouts of exercise can help recent quitters manage cravings.

2

Chew sugar-free gum or mints

Chew sugar-free gum or mints

Distract your mouth with something minty.

3

Call a friend

Call a friend

Your friends can definitely keep you on the phone for 3 - 5 minutes ro ride out the craving!

4

Call a friend who SUPPORTS your quit!

Call a friend who SUPPORTS your quit!

If you really want a cigarette (dip or snus), call somebody who supports your quit effort. They will most likely be understanding, and supportive of your quit effort.

5

Make a cake or cookies

Make a cake or cookies

You need to keep your hands clean when you bake, and you have a sweet snack to appreciate later when your next cravings rears it's ugly head.

6

Sip water & remind yourself of the reasons you've quit

Sip water & remind yourself of the reasons you've quit

Cravings only last 3 - 5 minutes. Maybe you can ride it out.

7

Write your quit reasons on sticky notes & place them up around the house

Write your quit reasons on sticky notes & place them up around the house

Stick these notes in places that remind you of smoking, and places in the house you frequent most.

8

Chew crunchy snacks like carrots or celery

Chew crunchy snacks like carrots or celery
9

Delay the urge

Delay the urge

Sometimes just telling yourself to wait 10 minutes is enough to distract yourself from an immediate need for nicotine. The next time you try this technique, delay for a longer duration.

10

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation Techniques

Some people think smoking is relaxing (but science shows otherwise). If this is you, try 10 long, slow, deep breathes instead.

11

Gardening or landscaping your yard

Gardening or landscaping your yard

Keep your hands and mind busy, while beautifying your yard.

12

Play WWF - or any other online game

Play WWF - or any other online game
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14

Brush your teeth

Brush your teeth

Most people are not interested in a cigarette or dip after they have brushed their teeth.

15

Avoid places you normally hangout to smoke

Avoid places you normally hangout to smoke

Out of sight & out of mind.

16

Consider medication

Consider medication

There are nicotine replacement Therapies (NRT) that deliver a low dose of nicotine, designed to help you ride through cravings. (gum, lozenge, sprays, patches). There are also medications such as Wellbutrin & Chantix that can be prescribed by a physician or dentist. These two medication stop the desire for a cigarette or dip.