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According to statistics, millions of people
are still addicted to cigarette smoking even
though they are aware of its hazardous
effects on the body. Smoking can affect the
different organs of the body, thus, making
a person more susceptible to acquire or
develop health complications. Apart from
its adverse effects in health, smoking can
also disrupt a person’s physical well being.
The diseases commonly associated with
smoking are cancer, heart attack, high
blood pressure, cataracts, stroke, and
emphysema. Even those who do not smoke
but are frequently exposed to second hand
smoke are also susceptible to acquire such
diseases. If randomly question a group
smokers whether they are aware of such
grave facts on smoking, almost all of them
will most likely say yes.
On the other hand, many smokers
eventually express the desire to quit the
habit once they start to experience the
side effects of smoking. However, it is not
that easy to quit smoking. The process of
withdrawing from the habit of smoking
takes time. And once a person finally
overcomes the addiction from smoking,
it is possible for one to still encounter
cravings, which might lead to reoccurring
of the smoking habit.
Managing cigarette
smoking cravings
After quitting the habit, cigarette smoking
cravings will most likely trigger. These
cravings will come and go, hence, it is best
to wait for these urges to pass every time
temptations to smoke trigger. However,
when a person’s cravings are strong,
waiting for them to pass is useless. The best
thing to do in this situation is to develop
a coping plan or strategy, in which an
ex-smoker should follow in order to get
through the urges of smoking again.
Below is an example of a solid coping
strategy that ex-smokers should follow
in order to deal with cigarette smoking
cravings.
1. Make a mental note of the reasons
for quitting the habit.
Once the cravings trigger, always
remember the reasons for quitting the
habit. Such reasons may be for improving
one’s appearance, for enhancing self-
esteem, as well as for improving health
conditions. Keeping these reasons in mind
How to Cope
with Cigarette
Smoking
Cravings
will help one stay focus on the process of
quitting the habit.
2. Keep the mind busy.
Distracting or keeping the mind busy is the
best thing to do until the craving is over.
Try concentrating on any activity that will
keep your mind away from the thought of
smoking cigarettes.
3. Drink a lot of water.
Drinking a lot of water can definitely help
the cravings to pass, for keeping the body
well hydrated minimizes the nicotine
withdrawal symptoms.
4. Relax.
Instead of panicking, it is best to keep the
body relaxed and calm once the smoking
cravings trigger. Taking a warm bubble
bath, reading a book, as well as meditating
are perfect ways to keep the body relaxed.
5. Munch on oral substitutes.
When cigarette smoking persists, try to
eat oral substitute like celery sticks, mints,
hard candy, or gum. Munch on any of
these goodies until the craving passes.