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Take Control Of Tricky Situations

Oct 25, 2013 | Posted in Step 3: After You've Quit

When the image of a cigarette comes into your mind, concentrate on something else that you enjoy.

  • Pick up something to read
  • Talk to a friend
  • Write notes to yourself about what you want to do on your vacation
  • Change the TV channel
  • Get up and move
  • Hug someone

Remember: this is your decision to quit smoking and you can do it.

Don’t Get Over-Confident!

At some point, you may feel so sure of yourself as a non-smoker that you feel you can experiment. If you take a puff, will you like it?

Unfortunately, the first puff all too often leads to a second, which leads to a whole cigarette, which leads to a pack. That’s just the way it is, because your body will remember its addiction. Stay strong — don’t take even one puff.

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