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Q: I’m ready to quit smoking. Any tips?

Tonya says...
When kicking any habit, the first step is to identify the triggers behind it. Some people smoke for social reasons—a smoke break with coworkers—while others may smoke to relieve stress. Identifying your triggers can help you butt out for good. If you use smoking as an excuse to get out of the office, steer clear of the smoking section in front of your building and go for a brisk walk. If you smoke when you drive, don’t bring cigarettes into the car; stock your glove compartment with gum instead. But as anyone who has tried to quit and failed will tell you, these things are easier said than done. Nearly all smokers go through a difficult withdrawal period. Give yourself a month to get over the symptoms. Nicotine replacement products (gum, patches) might also be helpful. My best advice? Take it one day at a time—even one minute at a time. Do whatever you need to succeed.

Tonya Rouse Hillenbrand is a certified fitness and nutrition expert, and a former national triathlete and duathlon team member. Send her your health questions here.