Can a flavored toothpick really help me quit smoking?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Lots of ex-smokers talk about how they miss holding a cigarette in their hands or having one in their mouths. It's part of the ritual imprinted on your brain. We tell people who experience miss the oral gratification of smoking to stock up on some supplies before they quit.

Toothpicks are a good alternative because they keep both the mouth and the hands busy. Some enterprising toothpick-makers decided to offer them in different flavors too. So instead of lighting up, pop a flavored toothpick in your mouth. It's not the most attractive accessory, but it's a whole lot prettier than a cigarette.

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Flavored toothpicks help combat psychological symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. If you smoked mentholated cigarettes, a mint-flavored toothpick can help replace the taste you're craving, and keep your mouth busy while you're quitting smoking.
A flavored toothpick may help with the psychological aspect of needing something in your mouth. Other things that may help in the same fashion are gum, cinnamon sticks, or hard candy.

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