The Real Deal: Coping Without Cigarettes

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Having stress or certain moods (some negative, some positive) can make it harder to quit smoking and stay smokefree. Maybe because you’ve learned how to cope with cigarettes. Problem is, using cigarettes to deal with stress or other feelings isn’t really helpful after all: 

  • Smoking actually causes more stress than it relieves. Research shows that stress levels go down after quitting.
  • Relief lasts only a short time. Your stress or mood may return. Then you might want to smoke another cigarette.
  • Smoking doesn’t solve what might be troubling you. The issues and what’s causing them remain.
  • Smoking isn’t a healthy way to cope. No matter how stressed out you might feel, the effects of stress on your overall health are not as harmful as the effects of smoking.  


One of the challenges in being a smokefree woman is learning new ways to deal with stress and emotions without cigarettes. Some to try: Pick Your Pick Me Up and Good-for-You Stress Busters.

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