I have been smoking for the past three years and I have decided to quit smoking cold turkey. It has been three days now!

I am used to smoking during breaks. The craving is the worst every time I even think about locking my computer screen. I have stopped taking breaks these days, but I can't work either. It is really disrupting things and I don't want to get back to smoking yet!

I don't want to go on gums or patches. Is there something else that I can try? I am hoping some breathing exercises could help. Someone suggested eating chocolate or bananas helps. YEating in general is helping - I feel if I smell things (like chocolate or banana or cookies or anything) then the craving subsides. I want to know more about healthy natural ways of staying clean.

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    Hi! Congratulations on your hard work! Nicotine is highly addictive and very hard to quit, so be kind to yourself! You're doing everything right, and are very brave! I apologize for not having enough time to write you the answer you deserve, so for now I'm recommending this Tip Sheet from the American Cancer Society. All of the advice is drug-free, and addresses much of what you're looking for. I hope it helps! May 19, 2015 at 2:27

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Natural Ways to quit Smoking

  • Candy and Gum. Sucking candy or chewing gum can occupy your mouth and time much the same as cigarettes. Even lollipops can help.

The flavor of the gum keeps the mouth fresh, making smoking less attractive. The act of chewing relieves the desire for oral stimulation and keeps the mouth busy.

The cool, tingly feeling of menthol or mint makes a smoker's mouth feel fresh and clean, which tricks the brain into feeling less desire for that hot intake of smoke.

  • Avoid triggers. Things you did while smoking or stress and other behaviors that encourage smoking. They vary per person. They can even be drinks such as coffee, alcohol or tea.

  • Deep Breathing. Some smokers while smoking inhaled deeply which promotes relaxation. Proper deep breathing as your stomach protrude on inhalation which allows the lungs to expand more and hold more air. Other breathing exercises.

  • Exercise. 30 minutes a day can prove helpful.

Decreases appetite, Eases nicotine withdrawal symptoms when you first quit smoking, Distracts you from thoughts of smoking, Improves your mood, Helps you cope with stress and feel more energetic

  • Others: Adequate Hydration, appropriate diet, adequate rest, etc.

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    I found peanuts in the shell helped a lot. Cracking the shells kept my hands busy, and eating them, my mouth. I don't think I could've done it without peanuts. Oh...and DO NOT reward your quitting my treating yourself to a cigarette; it becomes a reward for the very thing you're trying to quit, thus reinforcing the habit.
    – BillDOe
    Mar 22, 2016 at 5:31
  • @BillOer Good tips. I tried to hit the highlights, because the tips could fill a book.
    – Pobrecita
    Mar 22, 2016 at 5:34