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What to Expect Symptoms and solutions

Most smokers develop some withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms tend to last a few days to weeks. Quitting smoking will be like a roller coaster; there will be ups and downs. Hang in there – these symptoms are normal, and they will get better.

Stop–smoking medications can help you manage your symptoms. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about which medication and dosage is right for you.

Symptoms

Solutions

Triggers & Urges to Smoke
Distract yourself. Go for a walk, take the stairs, drink water, or deep breathe (at least 10 times, slowly until the feeling passes). Carry a stir stick, straw, cinnamon stick, or toothpick to hold in your mouth. Or have your quit kit handy.

About Triggers
Weight Gain
Weight gain is a common worry among smokers thinking about quitting. While many gain some weight, quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health.

Try not to let the idea of weight gain weaken your commitment to quit. Think of it as a way to start practicing healthy habits like exercising and making better food choices.

Carry healthy, low-calorie snacks and drink plenty of water.

Managing Weight
Difficulty Concentrating
Brainwave functioning is affected by nicotine. Nicotine withdrawal can cause a temporary lack of concentration and focus.

Adjust your work or study load to adapt to concentration difficulties and try to avoid stress the first few weeks.
Coughing
It’s normal to have cold-like symptoms after you quit. Mucus buildup in your lungs is working its way out, and your lungs are healing.

Drinking water or having hard candy is a good way to ease the coughing.



Remember, while withdrawal can be uncomfortable, there is no health danger from nicotine withdrawal.

Even the worst withdrawal symptoms will fade in time. The information above is provided as general guidelines. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or call a Quit Coach for additional information and support.
Last updated 8/20/2018 6:08 PM
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