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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 - 51 £ ancer Watch ACS offers tips for remaining nonsmoker during holidays Fresh off the heels of the Great American Smokeout, recent quit- ters face many triggers for smok- ing at holiday parties, including alcohol, spicy and salty foods, watching others smoke and party "jitters." The American Cancer Society offers the following tips on How to Stay Quit During the Holidays. The first few weeks after quit- ring smoking can be the hardest, especially in the middle of the holiday season. There are some special strategies to help ex- Smokers celebrate the season, while not giving in to the urge to smoke. • Be a host. Consider hosting the family dinner to keep your mind occupied. Shopping and cooking will certainly help. Even if you would rather be a guest this year, consider making a special dish you can take with you. • Don't overindulge. The first feast of Thanksgiving is usually a kickoff to more than a month's worth of parties and dinners, and it can spark a tendency to overindulge. Be aware of how much you are eating and drinking; it's easy to give in to temptations. • Stay away from alcohol. Stick to club soda, nonalcoholic punch or apple cider. This will curb the urge to light up when drinking and will help keep off the extra pounds. • Avoid spicy or sugary foods. These tend to enhance the crav- ings for cigarettes. Also, nibbling on low-calories foods, such as carrot sticks, apples and others will satisfy the munchies without putting on extra pounds. • Stretch out meals. Eating slowly and pausing between bites will make the meal more satisfy- ing. For dessert, grab a tangerine or a pear, or crack nuts - some- thing that will keep the hands busy. Staying quit will be a challenge. As always, plan ahead. Here are some tips to help with the end-of- year stress and staying smoke- free. • Parties may give some people the jitters. If you drink alcohol, ice up and water down the drinks. Always choose a nonalcoholic drink first. Keep busy at parties by playing bartender, serving snacks and meeting guests to keep your mind off smoking. If the urge to smoke presents itself, put some- thing in your hand other than a cigarette. • Ease into the holidays. Now maybe a good time to take up hobbies that keep the mind and hands off the cigarettes. Making Christmas gifts, stringing pop- corn, inventing new ways to wrap presents, working puzzles and going shopping in smoke-free environments may help. • Treating yourself to some- thing special for staying .smoke- Cancer in Common meets Dec. 10 Cancer in Common will host its monthly support group meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the lounge at Epworth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach. The meeting will be the annual Christmas remembrance service in which participants will share their favorite songs and the music that has been especially inspirational to. them during challenging situations. Refreshments will be served. Cancer in Common is a spiritually based support group whose purpose is to provide a Christian environment for people whose lives have been touched by cancer. Meetings are open to anyone who is a cancer sur- vivor or currently fighting cancer, and people close to them. For more information, call the church at 227-7743 or Kaye Webb at 645-9711. O AND free is a good reward. As a cele- bration of staying quit, consider giving yourself that special some- thing you've always wanted. • Waiting to the last minute to shop may make you frustrated and leave you wanting a cigarette. When you're ready to lose control - don't. Take hold of yourself and start a conversation with someone in line next to you, take along a book or catalog to look through while waiting, or enjoy that new cassette on your portable tape player. If you had a weak moment dur- ing the holidays and slipped, don't panic. Decide to begin again and remind yourself of your commit- ment to quit. Here are a few basic strategies that have helped smokers kick the habit. • Stay positive. After waking up each morning, make the prom- ise you won't smoke a cigarette that day. • Picture success. Plan ahead and think of how you'll deal with stressful situations without turn- ing to the usual crutch of a ciga- rette. • Take a breather. Relaxation exercises can help relieve the urge to smoke. Take a deep breath, hold it for a second and then release it very, very slowly. • Remember - urges to smoke are only temporary. • Work out. Exercise, like swimming, running and racquet sports, helps relieve tension and the urge to smoke. 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