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Congratulations - you went 7 days w/o smoking. That was more than a practice session - you had a good quit going there! Just keep extending it a day at a time and you'll be quit for good!

You asked about nicotine replacement (gum). I quit using gum (after smoking for 38 yrs). I failed miserably many times trying to go cold turkey. But this time I really really needed to stop smoking and nic gum did the trick for me. What I liked about gum was that I didn't have the cravings and could concentrate on figuring out what to do with myself as a non-smoker. Also it kept food out of my mouth so I didn't gain a ton of weight (that came later!)

You are right to try to figure out what you can do to keep your mind off smoking. I don't know that there are any specific tricks to it - smoking ceases to be a habit when you develop some other (hopefully healthier) habit to replace it. I have to keep my hands and my mind busy. Sipping water, sucking on sugarless candy, xword puzzles, portable handheld electronic games (I'm addicted to Yahtzee), reading, taking long walks, working out, etc. These things helped me. I'm sure your list would be different from mine but hope this gives you an idea.

Good luck to you.


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