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10 Ways to Resist Tobacco Cravings

  1. Delay. Most urges last 3-5 minutes.
  2. Avoid having ‘just one.’ More often than not, having just one leads to another.
  3. Get physical. Just 30 minutes of physical activity can make a tobacco craving go away. Exercise can also help relieve stress during the quitting process.
  4. Practice relaxation techniques. Breathe deeply, do yoga, get a massage or go for a walk.
  5. Remember the benefits of quitting. Write it down or say it out loud.
  6. Distract yourself. Take a break, read a magazine, or do something you enjoy that will take your mind off tobacco.
  7. Drink water. It can help flush nicotine out of your system.
  8. Call for support. Chat on the phone to get support from a friend or family member.
  9. Munch on it. Chew on nuts, carrot sticks or gum when an urge for tobacco hits instead.
  10. Prevent or manage triggers. Identify your trigger situations to better prepare yourself.

Adapted from:
Quitting smoking: 10 ways to resist tobacco cravings retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nicotine-craving/SK00057 Mayo Clinic. March 26, 2011.