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Enjoying Coffee Or Tea After Quitting Smoking

Studies have shown that smoking cigarettes may make you feel happier and more alert. Some smokers may associate these feeling with drinking coffee and tea. After quitting smoking, you may find yourself feeling sad by not having these feelings, and drinking coffee and tea without smoking a cigarette may make you feel even sadder. Try not to focus on these sad feelings; think of the things you are gaining by not smoking.

Expect that your morning coffee will not taste the same after you quit smoking. You may even encounter a strong urge to smoke when you drink coffee or tea. Many people who smoke are used to smoking with a cup of coffee in their hand. You don’t have to give up your coffee or tea to quit smoking.

If you are used to smoking a cigarette while drinking coffee or tea, tell people you have quit smoking, so they won’t offer you a cigarette. Try deep breathing between sips of your coffee or tea, inhale the aroma. Count to 5 while breathing in slowly and do the same while exhaling. Switching to decaf may be beneficial, especially if quitting smoking has made you irritable or nervous. Snack on healthy foods while drinking your coffee or tea. Try to keep your mind off smoking. If you encounter an urge to smoke that is really strong, hurry and drink your coffee or tea and change activities or rooms.

Nicotine cravings may be reduced by using nicotine replacement products, which deliver small, steady doses of nicotine to the body. Nicotine replacement products such as, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenge, appear to be equally effective. Buproprion pills (which don’t contain nicotine) such as, Zyban or Wellbutrin also help relieve withdrawal symptoms.

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