The top 10 ways to stop smoking include nicotine-replacement therapy, avoiding triggers, delaying cravings and chewing on something, according to Mayo Clinic. Cravings can be intense but are often short-lived.
Other ways to combat tobacco cravings and stop smoking are avoiding the thought of smoking just one cigarette; exercising; relaxation techniques; calling supporters; going online for support and reminding oneself of the benefits of quitting, according to Mayo Clinic. It is important to remember that there are resources that can aid the process, as described on Mayo Clinic. Nicotine-replacement therapy is a substitution of tobacco for a nicotine nasal spray, nicotine inhaler, nicotine patches, and nicotine gum or lozenges. Medications such as bupropion and varenicline are sometimes taken as well.
Identifying trigger situations, such as driving; social situations, such as parties; and watching television, is key to avoiding smoking or chewing tobacco, states Mayo Clinic. Exercises such as walking and jogging can be helpful in distracting the individual from tobacco cravings. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep-breathing, visualization and massage can also aid an individual in resisting tobacco cravings and dealing with stress associated with them. Remembering the benefits of quitting tobacco, such as a healthier body and saved money, is helpful as well.