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Mary Resists the Urge To Smoke

Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians

Section Seven - Enjoy Living Smoke Free. Take the Path to Heart Healthy Living.

Mary: "In the beginning, I was stressed and craved a cigarette. Instead of lighting up a cigarette, I called the "Quit Smoking" help line. They suggested that I chew sugarless gum and listen to music to help decrease the urge. It worked."

Try These Tips To Resist the Urge To Smoke:

  • Keep your hands busy:
    • Do arts and crafts.
    • Garden.
    • Start a project around the house.
    • Read.
  • Put something in your mouth that is not a cigarette:
    • Drink water.
    • Chew sugarless gum.
    • Eat vegetable sticks or apple slices.
    • Chew on a short straw or a toothpick.
  • If you are stressed, angry, tired, or nervous:
    • Take a slow, deep breath, count to five, and release it. Repeat 10 times.
    • Talk with a friend.
    • Take a walk.
    • Listen to music.
  • When you get up in the morning:
    • Brush your teeth and use mouthwash instead of smoking.
    • If you've always had a cigarette with coffee, switch to tea for a while or drink water.
    • Remember to keep tobacco sacred.

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Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6340
June 2008

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