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Many patients who should give up smoking refuse even to try, because they believe the minute they stop smoking they will start putting on extra weight.

Among women in particular, this is a powerful disincentive to giving up smoking.

It is true that weight gain is a fairly common problem among former smokers. But there are several things that you can do to make sure that you avoid this particular problem.

First, you can make sure that you learn how to cope with the inevitable moments of stress in your life.

Tobacco has a soothing, and calming effect, and if you are giving up smoking, then you will be exceptionally vulnerable to stress and pressure - particularly for the first few weeks.

Eating is a relaxing and soothing occupation too, and you are quite likely to turn to food for support If you haven't learnt how to relax and deal with stress.

Second, try to keep your fingers busy. If you have been used to having a cigarette in your mouth and between your fingers, then you will find it all too easy to swap the cigarette habit for a food habit.

Many former smokers take to munching crisps and biscuits and sucking sweets all day long. To avoid this risk, give your fingers something inedible to play with.

Teacher: Michael
Many articles taken from 'A word with the doctor', by Dr. John Windsor.


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