Ways to Cope

When you have the urge to smoke, try this:

Drink water
This flushes the nicotine and other chemicals out of your system faster. It can help keep your mouth busy.

Deep breaths
Take a deep breath break instead of a smoke break. Take a few deep breaths. Hold the last one. Breathe out slowly.

Delay
By delaying or holding off, you are calling the shots. Your craving for a cigarette will probably pass in a few minutes. Just wait it out, the craving will pass.

Do something different
When craving a cigarette, it helps to change what you're doing. Step outside. Call a friend. Read a book. Do something different. Some people find it helpful to do something with their hands when a craving strikes like picking up their knitting project or squeezing a stress ball.

Page Last Updated: 08/06/2016