Quit smoking: Coping with cravings

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Trying to quit smoking but having nicotine cravings? Don't give in. If you do feel like you're going to grab that cigarette or other tobacco product, tell yourself that you must wait just 10 more minutes. Then do something to distract yourself from the urge, such as taking a walk, texting your friends or doing a set of pushups. This simple distraction trick may be enough to derail your urge to have a cigarette, since tobacco cravings usually pass within minutes. Repeat as often as needed.

May. 15, 2013 See more In-depth