Living smoke-free

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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 energy 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. For example, get physically active and practice relaxation exercises such as deep breathing or meditation. You can find out more about stress management tools online or at the library. For more help, talk with your health care provider or a mental health provider.

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April 08, 2022