You Can Do It! Many people are able to stop smoking and maintain their weight. You can too.

  • Plan to quit when food will be less of an issue, like holidays or special events.
  • Make you quit day during a low stress time.
  • For the first couple of weeks, avoid parties. (Places where you may be tempted to smoke and to eat more.)
  • Remember, alcohol is a trigger and high in calories.
Be careful not to substitute food for cigarettes. Instead of eating, distract yourself by: calling a friend, reading, taking a walk, drawing or knitting. If you must put something in your mouth, try a toothpick or sugarless gum.

man sitting cross-legged in a yoga poseWatch out for stress.

  • Instead of reaching for a cigarette or food when you get stressed, take a deep breath.
  • Meditate. And be positive. You are doing something wonderful for yourself by quitting, be proud.

Look for ways to reduce cravings.

  • Consider using a nicotine gum or patch. They will help reduce the cravings for cigarettes and may help you avoid weight gain.
  • Drink water.
  • If you are craving sugar while quitting, try using artificial sweeteners or sugarless gum.

basketballIncrease your activity.

  • You may need to exercise more to keep you weight the same while quitting.
  • Take the stairs if you can.
  • Add a new or fun activity to your week; swim, ride a bike, or play basketball or tennis.
Get Support.
  • Ask your family and friends for support.
  • Consider joining a stop smoking program or support group.
  • Ask a your doctor for help in planning a sensible eating plan that’s right for you.
For free help quitting, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-879-8679)

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