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  • Health Awareness Series: I Need a Cigarette. What Can I Do?

    March 09, 2016

    Smoking CessationStopping smoking is one of the hardest, but most important, things you can do. After they quit, most people can still feel the urge to smoke. Be prepared for that moment. Know what makes you want to smoke and what to do when that happens.

    Below are a list of things that can make you want to smoke:

    Waking in the morning Feeling angry, irritable or impatient
    Drinking coffee, tea or alcohol After eating
    Being with other smokers Driving a car
    Taking a break Watching TV
    Talking on the phone Feeling lonely or depressed
    Using the computer Feeling bored

    What can I do when I crave a cigarette?
    The urge to smoke usually lasts only a few minutes. Try to wait it out. Do something else until the urge passes.

    Tips Examples
    Pick up something other than a cigarette Try carrot or celery sticks, pickles, popsicles, sunflower seeds, apples raisins, or pretzels.
    Have a list of things you can do at a moment’s notice Organize your computer files, delete messages from your cell phone, or call a friend to chat.
    Take a deep breath Take 10 slow, deep breaths and hold the last one. Breathe out slowly. Relax.
    Clean Something Wash your hands or the dishes, vacuum or clean out your car.
    Make a move Go outside or to a different room. Change what you are doing or who you are with. Take a walk.

    For more information on smoking cessation: A word from Dr. Sharon Deans, Chief Medical Officer at Affinity Health Plan:

    Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you could do for your health and your family’s. Affinity Health Plan pays for many ways to help you stop smoking. Speak with your doctor today about quitting.

    Source: National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute, “Clearing the Air: Quit Smoking Today”

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