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What habits should I change if I want to quit smoking?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
It helps to avoid not just the cigarettes, but anything you associate with smoking. For some people this may be coffee or alcohol. Others do not need to avoid these things and, in fact, find coffee or iced tea helpful. Others drink lots of water, fruit juice, and herbal teas. Eating several small meals instead of a big one keeps blood sugar levels constant, which helps quell the nicotine craving. Avoid behaviors and situations you associate with smoking. If you used to smoke right after meals, try doing something else at that time, such as taking a walk or doing the dishes. In addition, do positive things that boost your self-image. Go to the dentist and have your teeth cleaned. You might also have the dentist whiten them or try some whitening strips yourself: Remember, you're no longer a smoker. Have your smoky-smelling clothes cleaned at the dry cleaners. Reward yourself.
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