What does living smoke-free mean? Living smoke-free is your opportunity to live a healthier and probably longer life. Living smoke-free can also mean a better quality of life — with more stamina and a better ability to appreciate tastes and smells.
But living smoke-free doesn't mean living stress-free. In fact, smokers often cite stress as a reason for relapsing.
Instead of using nicotine to help cope with stress, you'll need to learn new ways to cope. Be proactive. You can find out more about stress management online or at the library. For more help, talk with your doctor or a mental health provider.
April 21, 2020
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