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Facing Mornings After Quitting Smoking

For most smokers, the first thing they do in the morning is have a cigarette. Your body has become accustom to the nicotine. After about 6-8 hours of sleep, the nicotine level in your body drops and you develop the need for some nicotine when you wake up in the morning. For many people who smoke it is part of a routine built on making opportunities to smoke. The morning can set the tone for the rest of the day.

Before you retire to bed, write down things you need to avoid when you wake up that will cause an urge to smoke a cigarette. Put this list in the place where you used to keep your pack of cigarettes. Develop a different routine for when you get up in the morning. Try to take your attention off of smoking as quickly as you can. Make sure you don’t have any cigarettes available to you. Instead of smoking in the morning try some deep breathing and drinking plenty of water in the morning. Make a list of your early morning triggers and avoid them. Try to begin each day with a pre-planned activity that will keep you busy so you don’t think about smoking.

Once you are able to determine high-risk situations that may trigger the urge to smoke a cigarette, you can start to deal with these situations rationally. Waking up in the morning and starting your normal routine provides plenty of triggers to tempt you to have a cigarette 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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