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Five ways to beat the smoking habit

Want to kick the habit, but don't know where to start? We get you off on the right track.
Be patient and persevere.
Recent research has found it takes, on average, 66 days to form a habit without thinking.
Wear a loose elastic band aroundyour wrist. Whether it’s a yearning for junk food or the desire to drink or smoke, when a craving comes on, flick the band three times. This negative reinforcement will train your brain to think that craving equals pain.
Good VS bad habits
Remember, good habits are as addictive as bad habits – and a lot more rewarding. So set yourself a start date, then do it!
Change your environment
If you always stay up too late, take the television out of your room. If you want to lose weight, remove junk food from your fridge and pantry.
Keep a record
Write down one negative habit and then think up a positive one to replace it with. For example, every second cup of coffee will now be a chai tea. When you feel like a cigarette, go for a long walk.
Need help? Visit www.quitnow.gov.au or call the quit line: 13 78 48

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