Avoiding the pitfalls of the FESTIVE Season


Risky business 

  • Other people smoking near you
  • Drinking too much alcohol


Some tips

  • Avoid other people’s smoke, don’t breathe it in.
  • Drink less alcohol, ½ your usual amount, and one alcohol-free day per week.
  • Drink less coffee and caffeinated beverages. Perhaps consider herbal alternatives as well.
  • Christmas can be a stressful time for many of us. Pre-plan your Christmas time with extra NRT, relaxation, exercise and a support person/network. Lifeline is a 24-hour 7-day a week counselling service on 131114. Talk about your feelings to help reduce the cravings that can occur during emotionally challenging times.
  • Eat breakfast every day.


If you have a craving to smoke

  • Use nicotine products (gums, lozenges, inhalers, mist) liberally
  • Pre-empt a need to smoke by using the product—e.g. if you always feel like a cigarette when you wake up then use the mouth spray (or gum, lozenge etc) when you are still in bed, or have it just after a meal, this helps avoid any cravings coming on.
  • Do short (one minute) exercises, a walk around the house, push-ups on the floor, any form of short exercise will help with a craving.
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