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How to control your urge to smoke?

  • For the first few days after you quit smoking, spend as much free time as you can in public places where smoking is strictly prohibited. Places like libraries, temples, malls, museums, theaters and restaurants without bars are mostly smoke-free.
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    For the first few days after you quit smoking, spend as much free time as you can in public places where smoking is strictly prohibited. Places like libraries, temples, malls, museums, theaters and restaurants without bars are mostly smoke-free.

  • Dont drink alcohol, coffee, or any other drinks you used to have with cigarette. Try something else instead - maybe different types of waters, drinks or fruit juices.
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    Don't drink alcohol, coffee, or any other drinks you used to have with cigarette. Try something else instead - maybe different types of waters, drinks or fruit juices.

  • If you miss the feeling of having a cigarette in your hand, hold something else like a pencil, a paper clip or a coin.
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    If you miss the feeling of having a cigarette in your hand, hold something else like a pencil, a paper clip or a coin.

  • If you miss the feeling of having something in your mouth, try toothpicks, cinnamon sticks, sugarless gum, etc. This helps you stay away from smoking cravings.
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    If you miss the feeling of having something in your mouth, try toothpicks, cinnamon sticks, sugarless gum, etc. This helps you stay away from smoking cravings.

  • Find new habits, indulge in your favourite past times like cleaning your home, etc.  and create a non-smoking environment around you.
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    Find new habits, indulge in your favourite past times like cleaning your home, etc. and create a non-smoking environment around you.

  • Think positive, be patient. Thats the key. Remember that quitting is a learning process.
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    Think positive, be patient. That's the key. Remember that quitting is a learning process.

  • Brush your teeth often if you have a dry mouth and enjoy that fresh taste.
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    Brush your teeth often if you have a dry mouth and enjoy that fresh taste.

  • Call a supportive friend, family member, or a counselor who can give you encouragement and tips to avoid smoke cravings.
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    Call a supportive friend, family member, or a counselor who can give you encouragement and tips to avoid smoke cravings.

  • Eat 4 to 6 small meals during the day instead of two large ones. This keeps your blood sugar levels steady, your energy balanced, and helps prevent the urge to smoke.
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    Eat 4 to 6 small meals during the day instead of two large ones. This keeps your blood sugar levels steady, your energy balanced, and helps prevent the urge to smoke.

  • The most important thing is to reward yourself for doing your best. Pamper yourself often if thats what it takes to keep going.
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    The most important thing is to reward yourself for doing your best. Pamper yourself often if that's what it takes to keep going.

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