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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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