Tips on how to remain smoke-free
Stopping smoking is not easy. You are faced with numerous triggers in the first few months when you stop smoking. Here are some tips on how to avoid the triggers, tips for staying smoke-free and ways you can combat the cravings when they strike!
Avoid triggers
Alcohol and coffee are usually strong triggers for smoking. Try to avoid alcohol if it increases your cravings and limit your intake of tea and coffee. You can also switch to decaffeinated coffee, water or fruit juice instead.
Think positively
If you feel tempted to smoke, think about anything except lighting a cigarette. It could be a nice day out, a meal or a pleasant memory. The less you think about smoking the easier it will be to stay smoke-free.
Take control
Use your willpower and ask yourself "How much do I really need this cigarette?" Remind yourself of all the reasons you decided to stop smoking in the first place. Do you really want to throw all your hard work away now that you've got this far.
Try to eat sensibly and stick to your normal diet
Cigarette cravings are often mistaken for hunger pangs. If you feel hungrier than usual or are worried about putting on weight, avoid snacking on high calorie foods such as chocolate. Instead, keep plenty of fruit and raw vegetables handy. Remember that your GP or otherhealthcare professional can offer advice on exercise and healthy eating.
Think of yourself as a non-smoker not a deprived ex-smoker
Once you stop smoking, you'll find your sense of smell and taste improve. Don't risk losing it all again with just one cigarette!

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