Quit tobacco and you are going to have cravings - it is just part of the process. Of course, the biggest craving will be for nicotine. You can handle that with nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges), prescription drugs such as Chantix (varenicline), and finding ways to distract yourself while the craving is happening. Fortunately, nicotine cravings usually pass within a few minutes. As you quit tobacco you may also find yourself craving sweets. Sweets also help you get over nicotine cravings, so go ahead. Go for sugar-free choices such as sugarless gum or mints, especially if you need to keep an eye on your blood sugar. If you absolutely have to have real sugar, try to keep it in moderation. The sugar cravings and the nicotine cravings should both be gone in a week or less.
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