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The Doctors share a current email making the rounds claiming that mixing cream of tartar with orange juice will help flush nicotine out of the body so you won’t have cravings. The email also says the drink will significantly change the taste of nicotine so drinking it will fight the urge.
The Doctors give it a sip and it taste like… orange juice. “Just a little more tart,” adds plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork isn’t sold on this tip but does acknowledge that drinking juice as well as doing anything besides grabbing a cigarette can be a distraction.
Dr. Travis shares a MIT study that found that viral tips that are false actually spread faster and farther than true advice. The Doctors offer 3 true tips to help stop nicotine cravings.
Tip #1: Drink Ginseng Tea.
Some research shows that drinking ginseng tea may be therapeutic because it weakens the effects of dopamine that’s released when a person smokes tobacco.
Tip #2: Take a Whiff!
Create an ashtray jar of old butts and residue from cigarettes and one sniff… “It’s awful,” says Dr. Ordon.
Tip #3: Use Technology.
There are a lot of apps now available to help with quitting. There are ones that show you how much money you’ve saved or how long it’s been since you quit.
Once you quit smoking you will potentially notice benefits immediately like easier breathing, lower blood pressure, better circulation and lower heart rate. For help with quitting call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.