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Top 10 tips for managing cigarette withdrawals and cravings

  1. Stay busy – read a book/newspaper, do a puzzle, play games, clean, do the washing up.
  2. Drink a glass of water.
  3. Go for a walk or go into another room.
  4. Exercise – don’t have time? Go up and down the stairs a few times. Physical activity, even in short bursts, can help boost your energy and beat a craving.
  5. Take a few slow, deep breaths.
  6. Remind yourself: look back at the reasons for quitting – think of the health benefits.
  7. Calculate how much money you have saved by stopping smoking.
  8. Talk to a friend.
  9. Change your routine – when a craving hits, stop what you’re doing immediately and do something else.
  10. Go to a smoke-free zone – get plenty of fresh air.