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The cravings for nicotine can be intense for the first few days when you quit using tobacco, but they will get better with time. Here are some tips on how to cope.
Ask your doctor about quit-tobacco medicine or nicotine replacement products that require a prescription, like the inhaler or nasal spray.
Stop what you're doing, and do something else:
This is important when you first quit. Seeing others use tobacco can often make cravings worse or trigger you to want tobacco.
Go for a walk, a bike ride, or a swim.
Try knitting, reading, or working a puzzle.
Tell yourself you'll wait awhile 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:
November 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Heather Quinn MD - Family MedicineAndrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral Health
Current as of: November 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Andrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral Health
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