Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Do without for Five Days and Victory Can Be Yours

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Do without for Five Days and Victory Can Be Yours

Article excerpt

MY sympathy goes to Alison, of the "Angry Alison" column (TMB, 2/12) in her battle to quit smoking.

Years ago, a friend of mine, Dr Wayne McFarland, started one of the best-ever help programs - "The Five Day Plan to Stop Smoking."

Another doctor and myself began running five-day plans in New South Wales.

So, Alison, here are a few useful tips:

1. If you can go five days without a smoke, you can win, because it only takes that long for the most severe cravings to ease off.

2. But you need to know that your body actually stores some nicotine, especially in the liver.

3. Some of this can be released without warning into your bloodstream in times of stress or due to an infection - and wham!

You have a sudden urge to smoke.

We found that this was where many gave up trying.

4. Now for the really good news. …

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