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Four top tips to keep the nicotine cravings at bay this Stoptober

So, you’ve decided to stop smoking this Stoptober.

You’ve thrown your cigs away, told everyone on Facebook that you’re quitting, and planned what you’ll spend all that lovely money you save on. Life is good.

However, the next day you wake up drenched in sweat and ready to rip the head off anyone who dares stand in your way of the nearest off licence. Yep, the nicotine cravings have hit home.

Nicotine withdrawal sucks. The good news is there are things you can do to keep the cravings away and resist the urge to light up. Here are some of our top tips.

#1 - Understand and avoid your triggers

Without sounding too much like Sigmund Freud, it’s important to understand when and where you’re most likely to smoke. That way, you can avoid the scenarios where you’re most tempted.

For example, let’s say you reach for the cigs when you’re feeling stressed. Instead of going for a smoke break, you could text a friend or write in a bullet journal. As long as it stops you from smoking, it’s a win!

#2 - Quit with a friend

It’s never fun when you’re trying to stop smoking and all your family and friends are still puffing away. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Studies have shown that the more smokers you know, the harder it is to quit.

Quitting with a friend or family member can be a great way to stop smoking. That way, you have someone you can stay accountable with, who will cheer you on!

#3 - Eat a healthy snack

When you quit smoking, you may be looking for something to do with your hands or put in your mouth when a craving strikes. Having lots of nutritious snacks on standby can keep you occupied.

Carrot sticks, sliced apples, sugar-free chewing gum, and popcorn are all great choices.

(And of course, if you’re considering vaping as an alternative, we have lots of awesome flavours that will get your tastebuds tingling!)

#4 - Hang on in there

The average nicotine craving lasts between 10 to 20 minutes, although this can vary from person to person. This means if you stay focused, you can ride the storm without reaching for the cigarettes.

Find something to do when you feel a craving coming on, ideally something that keeps your hands busy. For example, you could call a friend, play your favourite video game or read a chapter of a book.

Vaping – your secret weapon when it comes to nicotine cravings

E-cigarettes are three times more effective than nicotine patches and gum when it comes to stopping smoking.

This means if you want extra help to curb those cravings, vaping can get you through Stoptober in one piece and help gradually reduce your dependence on nicotine.

See why you should make the switch to vaping today.

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