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Why should I change my daily routine if I want to quit smoking?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
So much of what keeps people smoking is addiction, but part of it is habit, too. So while you're kicking your addiction, you might find that it also helps to change your day-to-day habits. For example, increasing the amount of physical activity you get helps reduce the craving for cigarettes, and an increase in breathing and heart rate helps some people visualize that they are getting the nicotine out of their systems faster. Changing the environment where you choose to spend free time can help, especially going to places such as museums, libraries, theaters -- and, increasingly, bars and restaurants -- where smoking is prohibited. Small changes in daily habits can send you and your brain a powerful message that things are going to be different this time.
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