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I miss the feeling of a cigarette in my mouth; what can I do?

It is common for people who have smoked to be in the habit of having something in their mouth. Good alternatives if you are trying to quit include: sunflower seeds, gum, mints, toothpicks, fake cigarettes, sweets, and lozenges.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Lots of ex-smokers talk about how they miss holding a cigarette in their hands, bringing it to their lips and inhaling. As a smoker, it's part of the ritual imprinted in your brain. We tell people who get a lot of oral gratification from cigarettes to stock up on some supplies before they quit. This stockpile should include items that can take the place of cigarettes. Plastic cigarettes may be too suggestive, but straws, plastic stirrers, cinnamon sticks, chew sticks or flavored toothpicks can keep both the mouth and the hands busy.
If you miss the feeling of a cigarette in your mouth, you can use non-nicotine alternatives to replace that feeling. Smoking is a habit or ritual and when you quit, you may miss the feeling of holding a cigarette in your hand and mouth. Replace the cigarette with flavored toothpicks, cinnamon sticks, or sugarless gum or candy. Even straws, chew sticks, and pretzel rods can help combat the psychological cravings of having a cigarette in your mouth.

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