What to Expect When You Stop Smoking

May last a few days to a week...

  • Coughing: This is your body's way of cleaning your lungs
  • Tightness in chest: As fresh air fills your lungs, they may feel tighter.
  • Mouth Sores: Your mouth has withstood years of hot smoke. You may experience this as your body begins to heal.
  • Dizziness: Your body is taking in more oxygen and blood flow is returning to normal. This may lead to temporary lightheadedness.
  • Cravings: You may have a strong desire to smoke or eat during the first few days after you quit.

May last a little longer...

  • Change in sleep: Your may have more energy as your body adjusts to not smoking.
  • Feeling irritable: Your body will begin to sense the loss of nicotine. This causes inner changes and some tension.
  • Lack of concentration: As your body withdraws from nicotine, you may experience an inability to focus.
  • Weight gain: Some people will gain weight after quitting.  Once your smoking is under control, you can work on the extra pounds.

Note: The intensity of these symptoms will vary from person to person. The above facts are provided as general guidelines. For help to quit, talk to your health care provider or call the NYS Smokers' Quitline for additional information and support at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487)

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