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Chapter 6: Smoking and heart disease Working through withdrawal Nicotine is a powerful and addictive drug. Since your body is used to the effects of nicotine, not smoking can bring on withdrawal. This can cause symptoms such as mood swings, lower energy and trouble thinking clearly. But don’t worry—these symptoms will go away. Most people have to try a few times before they quit for good. Here are some suggestions to help you follow through. 77Keep busy. Staying active is a great way to distract yourself when the urge to smoke strikes. Try gardening, playing a game with your children or grandchildren, walking around the block, stretching or other exercise, drinking a glass of water, brushing your teeth or going outside for a few breaths of fresh air. 77 Try some healthy snacks. These will keep your mouth busy while your urges to smoke pass (and in small helpings, won’t make you gain weight). Try crunchy snacks such as apple slices, carrot or celery sticks with nonfat dip, pretzels, rice cake or air-popped popcorn; sweet snacks such as angel food cake, low-fat cookies or muffins, sugarless gum or hard candy; or creamy snacks such as fat-free pudding, yogurt or applesauce. 46


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