A diabetic patient is going through a smoking cessation program to be able to quit smoking after doing so for the last 15 years. Which behavioral strategy could the nurse suggest that may more likely help this patient with controlling his tobacco use?


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- Plan an activity to pursue immediately after a meal

- Practice refocusing thoughts whenever they turn to craving for a cigarette

- Write reminders of making it through another day without smoking and leave them around the house

- Encourage the patient to visualize a life free of cigarettes


When quitting smoking, a patient may employ behavioral or cognitive techniques that can help him to be more successful in making a change. Many patients choose to smoke just after a meal or they may smoke at particular times of day. The nurse should encourage the patient to have an activity in mind at a time when the craving for a cigarette is the highest so the patient can transfer to the activity instead of continuing to eat or smoke.

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