Certain activities may boost
your urge to smoke. Alcohol is one of the most common triggers, so try
to drink less when you first quit. If coffee is a trigger, switch to tea
for a few weeks. And if you usually smoke after meals, find something
else to do instead, like brushing your teeth or chewing gum.
Don't Go Cold Turkey
It may be tempting to toss your
cigarettes and declare you've quit, plain and simple. But going cold
turkey isn't easy to do. About 95% of people who try to stop smoking
without therapy or medication end up relapsing. The reason is that
nicotine is addictive. The brain becomes used to having nicotine and
craves it. In its absence, the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal occur.