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Coping with Cravings
While you are quitting, you may get cravings for a cigarette every once in a while. They will pass eventually, but until then, the urge to have a smoke can be quite great. Do not worry, there are ways to overcome the cravings. First, try remembering the "3 R's":
Next, if that does not work, there are the "4 D's":
Remember when you did the exercise to determine your smoker type? Depending on what type you are, there are different methods you can use to resist the urge to smoke.
Type 1: Stimulator
You smoke for the lift you get. It picks you up and keeps you going. Here are some tricks you can use to fight off that craving:
Type 2: Handler
You smoke because of the motions. You like handling the cigarette and the ritual of smoking it. Here are some ways to avoid giving in to that urge:
Type 3: Relaxer
You smoke because it relaxes you. You like the calming effect of a cigarette. You may be able to avoid giving in with these tricks:
Type 4: Stress Reducer
You tend to smoke when you are most stressed. You find that smoking eases your nerves. These tricks may help you resist the cravings:
Type 5: Nicotine Craver
You are most affected by your addiction to nicotine. You find it unbearable when you cannot smoke. Next time you feel a craving, try some of these tricks:
Type 6: Habit Smoker
You smoke because of the habit. You may not even like smoking anymore. Here are some tricks to use the next time you have a craving:
When all else fails, remember the craving will pass. Praise yourself for getting this far and feel proud. Know you can make it the rest of the way.
You may find it helpful to take cigarette substitutes with you wherever you go. After all, you used to take your cigarettes everywhere you went.
The following is a list of several types of cigarette substitutes. Pick several you think will work for you. Be sure to always have them handy to fight off the unexpected craving:
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