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The secret to curbing your cigarette, alcohol and junk food cravings could be spending more time outside

If you’re battling the urge for a cigarette, cocktail or candy bar, research suggests there’s one tactic to try that’s as simple as a walk in the park.

According to a new study, being able to see green spaces from your home, or having access to a local park or garden, is linked with less intense, less frequent unhealthy cravings.

Researchers from the University of Plymouth surveyed 149 subjects between the ages of 21 and 65 with an online questionnaire that asked about the things they craved, which included things like food, chocolate, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine. They were also asked about their proximity to nature, such as whether they could see greenery from their homes, or if they had a nearby park or garden allotment that they could visit.

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