know the urge. You may be having a cup of coffee, waiting on a street corner,
in a bar or restaurant or outdoor café and suddenly, the urge to smoke hits.
You want to have a cigarette: now, not later. It’s one of the reasons e cigs, which rely on flavored american e liquid instead of tobacco, are increasingly
taking over the smoking scene.
The limits of smoking
surrounding traditional cigarettes are some of the most airtight laws around. Even
if you have the opportunity to smoke, you may find yourself constrained. You
often have to go out in the cold, rain or oppressive heat, stand far enough
away from others who may be bothered by your smoke, and then make sure you have
a lighter or matches, not to mention your cigarettes.
undoubtedly aware of the health implications that come with smoking, the social
stigma of being a smoker and the negative perceptions that are sometimes
created when you light up in front of the judgmental public.
are things you can do to tamp down the urge to smoke until you’re in a more
comfortable place. There are actually foods that can reduce your tobacco
cravings for a time, enabling you to get through whatever you’re doing with a
minimum amount of discomfort. These magical little food items have a chemistry
that works on your physiological and psychological needs and can hold them off
until you can do something about it.
particularly cheese, are good inhibitors, working on your brain to deliver a
satisfying rush of wholesome satiation. Similarly, nuts like walnuts, almonds,
hazelnuts, cashews and flaxseeds contain enough flavor stimulants and energy to
curb your smoking urge.
If your tastes run
to something a tad more exotic, cloves and/or clove oil on the back of the
tongue can tame the raging beast of the moment. Keep in mind we’re talking
about the spice and not clove cigarettes! And, if you’re not a fan of anise—the
flavor that’s responsible for the taste of black licorice—you may want to
consider something other than clove as a craving suppressant!
Cinnamon is also a
reliable suppressant. A cinnamon stick or mint can halt the smoking urge and
make your breath minty fresh, enhancing your public perceptions. You can also
keep a few cinnamon-flavored toothpicks handy. If you’re in the mood for something fruity, oranges can restore Vitamin C lost through smoking and help
with a sudden crave attack. Grapefruit, blueberries and pineapple also work
One of the toughest
places for smokers is the theater, where two to three hours of sitting in an
enclosed space can cramp your smoking style. Never fear—popcorn’s crunchiness
and salt has a calming effect on your body’s needs. Just have it air-popped
instead of slathered in whatever sauce the chain claims is butter and you’ll make
it through a double feature!
Tell us which of
these great options helps you curb your need for a smoke and if you’ve ever
gnawed on a cinnamon stick or eaten an orange in the wake of a major craving!