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How can I reduce stress while I quit smoking?

Frank T. Leone, MD
Pulmonary Disease
Many smokers worry that they will not be able to handle stress if they quit smoking. The truth is that smokers’ level of stress is actually higher than the stress of a nonsmoker. You actually only smoke for a short time during the day. During this time, you may feel relaxed. However, soon you need another cigarette. The anticipation of not smoking between cigarettes causes stress to go up between cigarettes. This means that smokers tend to experience slightly above average levels of daily stress. To help deal with the stress, try to take a short break a few times a day. Allow yourself a luxury. Take a walk, stretch, read or visit a friend.

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