Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Tips to Quit Smoking

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Nancy Snyderman on Feb 20, 2009 at 5:29PM

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Dr. Nancy Snyderman's Tips to Quit Smoking

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Start a Smoke-Free Life

To physically prepare:

  • Condition yourself physically. Start a modest exercise program to help relieve stress. Drink more fluids and get plenty of rest to avoid fatigue, as we are more susceptible to our habits when we are tired.
  • Gradually reduce your cigarette consumption. Slow down from two packs a day to one pack, to half a pack, to five cigarettes; or, switch to a brand you find distasteful or change to a brand that's low in tar and nicotine a couple of weeks before your target quit date.
  • Find a new (and healthier) habit. Take daily walks, delve into a hobby or chew sugarless gum.
  • Talk to your doctor. He or she can provide some help as well, including recommending certain smoking cessation aides.
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