Cravings can be tough but they last only a few minutes. Here's how you can outlast them.
When you stop smoking and your brain stops getting the nicotine it's used to, you may begin feeling strong withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms or cravings appear within a few hours and peak 2 to 3 days after quitting. It's important to know that they are a temporary discomfort that lasts only a short time. Those 5 minutes may not feel short when you experience a craving, but remember that every craving you overcome is getting you closer to your goal of quitting smoking. You know you can get through 5 minutes. It's not a lot of time when you're waiting for the movie to start or for the train to come. Some things you can do to help distract yourself until cravings pass are crossword puzzles, drinking water, going for a walk, calling a friend, brushing your teeth. Or outlast them with some of the 3-minute online games we feature in our Nicorette® Committed Quitters® tools and resources.